Let's not forget efficiency rating (my favorite stat)
posted at 7/26/2010 7:54 AM EDT
Rondo is sixth among guards:http://www.nba.com/statistics/player/Efficiency.jsp?league=00&season=22009&conf=OVERALL&position=5&splitType=9&splitScope=GAME&qualified=N&yearsExp=-1&splitDD=
Steve Nash, Deron Williams and Chris Paul are all ahead of him, which doesn't mean Rondo isn't part of the elite; rather it means he ranks AMONG the elite.
BTW, toss out Kobe and D Wade as they are swingmen and garner their high rating based more on scoring output. That means the best point guards are as follows:
1) Chris Paul (a master, credit where due)
2) Deron Williams (toughness and intelligence personified, all around game)
3) Steve Nash (two-time MVP)
4) Rajon Rondo
Jason Kidd, Tony Parker, Russel Westbrook, Jameer Nelson, Mo Williams, the kid from Milwaukee, Devin Harris etc, don't even enter the conversation.
I can teach anyone on this board to shoot 75% stationary at 15 feet. I'm quite sure Rajon Rondo and his coaches will figure it out. And, for the last time, I promise, Rondo doesn't need to MAKE open jumpers, he needs to TAKE open jumpers. Shoot em enough and they will fall in the general area of that percentage he already shoots (which is best among guards). 'Pullup' isn't even in Rondo's vocabulary yet. So RELAX. Rondo is an assassin; right now he is more comfortable killing opponents up close with a knife. Soon enough he will also be killing them from a distance with a rifle. I seem to remember another Celtics point guard who wasn't the best pure jump shooter whose numer 3 hangs from the rafters. Who would you prefer take the final shot in a playoff game, DJ or Jason Kidd?