In Response to Call out the Rondo haters on their false assertions
[QUOTE]Rondo’s critics have had an easy time of it on this board for several months. During that period, they have gotten away with many false statements. They have repeated them so many times that even many of Rondo’s supporters have come to accept some of them as facts. Well, the free ride is over. In what follows, I will demonstrate that many of the critics’ key arguments against Rondo are clearly false. In return, I want the large majority here who feel (as Magic Johnson and Bob Cousy do) that Rondo is an elite point guard who belongs in the discussion of who is the best PG in the NBA – to rise up in righteous indignation and regularly contradict these falshoods. 1. “…… he can’t hit a jump shot”. The FACT is that this year Rondo is shooting 45%% on jumpers. [All data is from 82games.com] Compared to the percentage of even the top scoring PGs, that’s very nice shooting. Therefore, this criticism is flat-out wrong, and the critics should be called on it every time they repeat this false statement. 2. “….. he doesn’t work on his jump shot”. Obviously wrong - see above. Rondo has made a big improvement in his jump shot percentage from last year. 3. “….. he can’t be an elite PG because he can’t hit FTs”. It’s true that he is a terrible FT shooter – but the difference between his FT% and an OK percentage is equal to only one half of a point per game. He averages two FTs per game, and makes one. To shoot 75%, he would need to make only a half a point more on FTs per game. Hardly a fatal flaw. 4. “….. he can’t make FTs, so he is afraid to go to the basket”. More than half of Rondo’s shots are taken in the paint, a much higher percentage than any other PG, all of whom are primarily jump shooters. This criticism is therefore completely false. Call the critics on it every time they post it. 5. “….. he disappears at the end of close games”. This statement is laughably wrong. It proves how unreliable his critics’ observations are. The FACTS are that in the last five minutes of close games this season, on a pro-rated basis, Rondo has taken more shots, has a higher FG%, has more assists and steals, and rebounds, and fewer TOs than his overall averages in these categories. The same was true last season. Therefore, this particular false statement should be greeted with mockery and derision every time it’s posted, since it is based on nothing but the critics’ bias/hatred. 6. “….. he is assist-happy”. Which is better - three additional assists per game, resulting in six or more points, OR, if Rondo shot instead of passed, three more points at the cost of one or two more missed shots? C’mon, c’mon – do the math. Six+ points, off of three assists is a lot better than three points and one or two more missed shots. In addition, last year, the team’s eFGM% was 52.3%. This year, Rondo has three more assists per game and the team’s eFGM% is 54.1%. Coincidence? Not likely, as the preceding point demonstrates. 7. “ ….. he doesn’t play good defense”. Since the NBA coaches overwhelmingly voted him to the first-team of the All-NBA Defensive team last year, this comes down to whose opinion you trust more – NBA coaches or BDC posters (the same posters, remember, who are absolutely sure that Rondo disappears in close games despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary). 8. “….. he only gets all those assists because he is playing with four Hall of Famers.” This is opinion, not fact. Here are some FACTS: One of those four (Shaq) is a shadow of the player he once was, and is playing nowhere near the level that will justify his becoming a HOFer.. The other three are having career years in terms of FG% - and all three repeatedly credit Rondo for it. Perhaps all three of them are wrong, and it is merely coincidence that all three are suddenly shooting better than before, or perhaps they are right and much of the credit goes to Rondo. For any unbiased observer, however, the unanimous opinion of the three carries much more weight than opinions supported only by the biased observations of a few internet posters, (It should be noted, also, that only one of the four is now playing at a Hall of Fame level, and even that one, the rejuvenated Ray Allen, is doing so in only one aspect of the game - taking 3s. His FT % and defense are much worse.) 9. “….we aren’t biased, and we aren’t haters - we are merely pointing out some of the flaws in Rondo’s game.” This frequently-made comment can easily be shown to be false. If someone repeatedly makes negative statements about another person’s thinking and motivations, statements about which he COULD NOT KNOW THE TRUTH, and about which he has no supporting evidence, it is ridiculous for that person to pretend he has no bias. With that in mind, think back to all of the totally unsubstantiated assertions made by those critics regarding Rondo’s mental state. “He is afraid to shoot.” “He only cares about his stats.” “He has done nothing to improve his game because he thinks he doesn’t need to.” “He stubbornly refuses to go into the gym and take the hundreds of shots per day that he needs to.” “He plays lousy under the pressure and better defense of the playoffs.” Now ask yourself whether these statements, taken as a whole, are those of an unbiased observer, or are clear evidence of unrelenting bias, and come close to justifying an assertion of hatred toward the subject? 10. The last “hater” statement above (regarding Rondo’s playoff performances) is based on ONE playoff series – a series in which he merely played at the same level as during the regular season, had a triple double, and then nearly had a second one. The statement also totally ignores Rondo’s glittering performance in the 2009 playoffs, during which he nearly AVERAGED a triple-double, despite the complete absence of KG and the poor shooting of Ray Allen. (That year’s playoffs also completely disprove the “four HOFers” argument, by the way. In those 2009 playoffs - with only one of the Big Three performing at a high level - Rondo was absolutely brilliant.) His critics routinely ignore all these FACTS. Which is why they deserve the appellation “haters”. QED
Posted by jerrycole[/QUOTE]
I'll say it in fewer words to help your cause - the team that won the title had the following strategy - ignore Rondo. He clanged jumper after jumper after jumper just like he is doing tonight against Utah and he shot a record 26% from the line in the finals.
Rondo's incredible ability allowed the Lakers who won the title and had their starting center playing at about 25% to win their 16th title. Their was all kinds of talk about the Lakers length but the reality is one of the smallest guys on the floor complete inability to participate in the offense cost them the title.
After the playoffs were over his own coach said that his inability to shoot really hurt them in the playoffs.
Coach K, the coach of the USA team said we cannot afford to have players on the floor that cannot shoot and chose instead Billups and Westbrook.
False assertions? Not really - just really really really bad green colored glasses on your part.
Give Devin Harris (the guy that is outscoring Rondo tonight and was an all-star before Rondo) 4 hall of famers and he will not average 13 assists - why not? um, he actually takes shots and can finish and can hit free throws so he doesn't pass up wide open uncontested jumpers - why? none of his jumpers are uncontested.
The assertions that have always stood still stand and are not arguable. He is at best an average point guard who benefits more than any other point guard in the league from who he plays with.
He dropped 7 total points on the last two opponents, 7 not 70. I know, I know it is not his job to score on the 20th best scoring team in the league. BUt apparently it is his job to be dominated by the best point guards when there are match up problems for his teammates.
If nobody guards your jumpers you should hit them - so quoting that he has hit 45% of them is completely laughable - if you gave some of the best point guards wide open uncontested jumpers on a regular basis like a layup drill they would hit 90%. Stop the nonsense about his jumper.
Rondo is the inbounds passer late in games and not even a remote part of the offense.... actual good point guards are part of the offense and at least a remote part of the offense in attempting to score late in games. Rondo is the inbounds passer. Most recently I saw him throw away the inbounds pass when attempting to win a game.
"Performed brilliantly" is not a fact it is an opinion. The fact is that in the epic series between the Bulls and the Celtics, Rose outscored Rondo.
In my humble opinion for whatever it is worth if you trade Rondo out for any of the following players the Cs are no worse off and in many cases better:
Rose, Williams, Paul, Westbrook, Harris, Udrih, Evans, Curry, Wall, Kidd, Nash, Terry, Brooks, and a whole host of others because as it is impossible for you to see and or even assess - Rondo and Perk have benefitted from whom they play with more than anyone else in the league.
Rondo will never get another sniff at an all-star game especially if Paul comes into the eastern conference.
I believe I have watched every second of this game tonight and Rondo has not had one contested shot from more than 2 feet away from the rim and he has only made one of them. The best play of the game was made by the guy he was supposed to be guarding.
False assertions - keep searching.
I love how posters use the word fact and then follow it up with their opinion..... "in fact tuna is so much better than grouper"...... "in fact I think Big Al will be a perennial all-star", as I read earlier tonight - "in fact Perk is a premier top 5 center in the league" - the Cs traded their second best center for the OKC Thunder's second best center but somehow Perk is one of the top 5 centers in the league - in fact, Perk is not even one of the 10 best centers in the league.
How about this - in fact give Rondo the stiffs that Harris has to play with and he continues to miss wide open uncontested jumpers, more than half of his free throws, and his assists go down by 50% because he does not have 4 hall of famers to pass the ball to.
Go check this fact - Rondo's assists have dropped dramatically since Shaq got injured.
In fact...... you pretty much have nothing to say.