Originally Posted by Good Old Willy
I am a bit worried about Celt fans bandwagoning this guy (too early) and then crucifying him midseason just because he is playing at his level. TONS of PG's are athletic, its a requirement for the job, so that does not save him. Certain skills are just paramount to the position, while others are secondary like outside shooting, inside shooter, slashing, etc,. Obviously his (bottom of the league) jumper hurts the team on the O, but also allows the D to ignore him and better double team others. Boston is not in good shape if the current version of Rondo is playing 30+ min a night.
Focusing on the 7th or 8th seed is the best thing the Celts could do. Don't over expext and don't blow out the engines before eveb getting to the playoffs.
Agree with previous poster regarding "focusing." That's just a weak way of stating your case.
One more thing, if rondo's man cheats off him to double-team garnett in the high post or to step into the lane when Pierce attempts to curl in for a lay-up or mid-range jumper, someone other than Rondo will have single coverage. This is the dilemma defenses will face with Boston all yr. They can double Garnett, leave Rondo or Perkins open, but he will find either them or Pierce or Allen with single coverage. If either of the other stars are doubled, this will leave KG in single coverage. With three guys who can beat any single coverage, Rondo's inability to shoot doesn't hurt as much.
Look, I acknowledge it's an issue but he does other things well enough to remain very effective on this team. He plays excellent defense; he rebounds very well for PG; he is difficult stop on penetration when he is faced with single coverage; most importantly, he is a good distributor. The percentage of the Celtics' offense that is dependent on Rondo's jumpers is going to be very low. The majority of his points will come in transition and at the line when he is fouled driving to the hoop. Otherwise his job will be to contain the opposing Pg and make good decisions in the half court. I think he is capable of both.