Re: Rondo for Westbrook... thoughts.
posted at 5/15/2011 6:30 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Rondo for Westbrook... thoughts.
[QUOTE]Tell me, Dudder, when was the last time Jason Kidd averaged 20 points? Has he ever averaged 20 points over the course of a season? Instead of arguing smaller points within a statement that distract from the issue at hand, argue on behalf of Russell Westbrook's decision making. The dude either runs 24 second clocks without passing once, or shoots off balance leaners. Westbrook is a great athlete who can shoot and is a solid rebounder. His problem is that he is a shooting guard learning how to play point on the fly, and he doesn't have great vision. I really don't feel like arguing rondo vs. westbrook. The point of my statement is that Westbrook isn't a player worth throwing cap flexibility away on, and he wouldn't fit in with what Doc likes to do. It's also a trade that the gm's would never even discuss. They both prefer their own guys because of familiarity and pride in their ability to draft.
Posted by truth-torpedo34[/QUOTE]
Rondo stands completely by himself at the circle pounding the ball into the floor while Ray and Paul run their a sses off trying to get to a point where there is an open shot, Rondo runs the shot clock down until there is not much time left and quite often causes a 3 second violation. Then once he assures himself of an assist he passes the ball and then if the guy he passes the ball to makes another pass he is a baby.
Once he does pass the ball he runs into the corner and calls for the ball aloud but what he is actually thinking is please good God on earth do not pass me the ball and of course once he does pass the ball his teammates accomodate him - they never even look back at him because they realize he is the absolute option on the floor.
Rondo is absolutely not perfect and nor it Westbrook but at 3 years younger and able to do everything Rondo can and more, he is by far and away the more attractive player.
There were 5 all-star point guards, Rondo was easily the 5th best - everyone was stunned that Rondo missed a layup effectively losing the series to the Heat.... it was the same exact layup he missed in the all-star game.
With Westbrook the Cs are still playing right now, with Rondo the series was not even competitive regardless of the injury.... people want to wax poetic about Rondo and Willis Reed blah blah blah.... they were down two zip prior to the injury, they were winning handily in game 3 when Rondo got hurt and they were winning handily when he came back into the game.
As I have said many times, Rondo is a nice player who benefits greatly from who he plays with, other players at his position make their teammates much better players. Oddly in the last several years the Cs have had the two most overrated players in the league (overrated on this board anyway) Perk and Rondo. Perk was largely irrelevant again today but some want to attribute the Thunder success to Perk, they are still playing today without Perk and contrary to what most would read on this board, I am of the opinion that if OKC did not trade Green and Krstic, they would have had a much easier time in the playoffs and would still be playing for the WCF, just with a little more rest.