Rajon Rondo is one of the most polarizing players in the NBA right now, along with the likes of LeBron James, Dwight Howard, and Rudy Gay. Boston Celtics fans either love him or beg for him to be traded away. Danny Ainge received several offers that definitely had many Celtics fans wishing Danny Ainge had taken, but he was a wise GM for turning those offers down. Rondo, while not the best player in the NBA, may as well be one of the best building blocks a team could possibly have. Why? Well, for many reasons, all of which will be covered.
One, the NBA is a point guard league at this moment, and it is imperative to have a decent-to-elite point guard on any team that’s hoping to compete. Rajon Rondo is one of the best pure point guards in the league, if not the best, when he’s at full health. Which brings me to the current state of his health right now. Rondo, while still fresh off of his ACL tear recovery, is playing games full speed and back to his old ways, racking up double-doubles left and right, and assist numbers that are astounding given that he’s playing with a very substandard team, especially on the offensive end. My point is, his health should definitely not be a concern for Celtics fans.
Secondly, Rajon Rondo’s type of play is certainly the type that ages like a fine wine. Like Steve Nash before last season, and Jason Kidd up to his retirement, Rajon Rondo’s style of play is mentally-focused, not athletically-focused, which can hit a wall with age and deteriorate quickly at that point. Part of the reason Rondo’s play hasn’t been significantly impacted by his ACL tear is because the most important part of his play style is not his legs, but his arms and hands. Rondo’s not known for his explosive last step and high-flying play like Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook, instead he’s known for his ridiculous assists that are brought to you due to his elite basketball IQ and ridiculous ball placement. He’s the type of player that is good for the long haul, not just a good couple of years that would be wasted during the rebuilding phase the Celtics are going through right now.
Also, Rondo’s the type of player that’s exactly what you want young talent to be built around: a pass-first star who helps his teammates play better, instead of selfishly caring about himself. Who would you rather have a team built around, Rajon Rondo, or Kobe Bryant? Yes, I know that Kobe is the better player, but he’s also the exact opposite type of player that you’d like to build young talent around. Kobe is selfish, looking for scoring opportunities for himself at every bend in the road, and there’s no doubt in my mind that young talent put next to him would be a waste of that talent and a significant detriment to that player’s development. Rondo isn’t that. You put young talent next to Rondo and the young talent’s play will be aided by Rondo’s. The development of that player would be faster and more thorough, not wasted next to a selfish player.
Throughout the years there has been a lot of concern over the type of person that Rondo is, on and off the court. Despite all these concerns, Rondo has meshed beautifully with his new coach and teammates, and there have been no reports of friction between anyone. I firmly believe that all of the prior concerns about Rondo’s ability to mesh with others should be quelled, as Rondo seems to have seized the captaincy given to him, and taken the role of a leader on and off the court. Even Rondo and Stevens are alike: both are incredibly intelligent for what they do, and neither emotes like a normal human being (although Rondo does get more riled up at times).
In all, Rondo seems to be the perfect fit on the rebuilding Boston Celtics. His combination of play style, new found ability to mesh with his team and coach, and predicted longevity are all key traits which make him the key for a speedy and effective rebuilding phase for the Boston Celtics. So while plenty of you might be angry that Danny Ainge passed up a few seemingly nice offers, be happy that “Trader Danny” could reject them. Read carefully, because I’m calling it first: Rajon Rondo will win another NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics after a speedy rebuilding phase.