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Rajon Rondo

28-Year-Old    PG    Dallas Mavericks

2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

9.3

REB

6.5

AST

9.1

STL

1.7

BLK

0.1

2014-15 NBA ROS Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Rondo got a late start to the season in 2013-14 after his recovery from knee surgery. Missing about a year of competitive basketball led to some rust in the point guard's game last season, and he never played on the second night of back-to-back sets. By the end of the season...

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HT: 6' 2"   WT: 171 lbs   DOB: 2/22/1986  College: Kentucky   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #21 Overall in 2006   Show ContractHide Contract

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Rajon Rondo Contract Information:

Signed a two-year $1.98 million deal with the Celtics in July of 2006. Celtics exercised $1.65 million option for 2008-09 in October 2007; Celtics picked up Rondo's $2.09 million option for the 2009-10 season.

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Rondo scored seven points (3-of-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt) Tuesday in a loss to the Grizzlies. He added seven rebounds and five assists.

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Rajon Rondo NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 20 78 23.5 6.4 3.7 3.8 1.6 0.1 0.1 41.8 64.7 1.8 0.9 2.8 0.4 20.7 2.4 5.8 1.5 2.4
2007-08 21 77 29.9 10.6 4.2 5.1 1.7 0.2 0.1 49.2 61.1 1.9 1.0 3.2 0.2 26.3 4.6 9.3 1.4 2.3
2008-09 22 80 33.0 11.9 5.2 8.2 1.9 0.1 0.2 50.5 64.2 2.6 1.3 4.0 0.6 31.3 4.8 9.5 2.2 3.4
2009-10 23 81 36.6 13.7 4.4 9.8 2.3 0.1 0.2 50.8 62.1 3.0 1.2 3.2 1.0 21.3 5.7 11.2 2.2 3.5
2010-11 24 BOS 68 37.2 10.6 4.4 11.2 2.3 0.2 0.1 47.5 56.8 3.4 1.3 3.1 0.6 23.3 4.7 9.9 1.1 1.9
2011-12 25 BOS 53 36.9 11.9 4.8 11.7 1.8 0.1 0.2 44.8 59.7 3.6 1.2 3.7 0.8 23.8 4.8 10.8 2.0 3.4
2012-13 26 BOS 38 37.4 13.7 5.6 11.1 1.8 0.2 0.3 48.4 64.5 3.9 1.1 4.4 1.3 24.0 5.9 12.2 1.6 2.4
2013-14 27 BOS 30 33.3 11.7 5.5 9.8 1.3 0.1 0.9 40.3 62.7 3.3 0.7 4.7 3.0 28.9 4.7 11.7 1.4 2.2
2014-15 28 BOS 22 31.8 8.3 7.5 10.8 1.7 0.1 0.4 40.5 33.3 3.4 1.1 6.4 1.5 25.0 3.7 9.1 0.5 1.6
2014-15 28 DAL 18 30.7 10.6 5.3 7.1 1.6 0.1 0.7 41.5 26.3 2.9 1.5 3.8 1.7 41.9 4.8 11.5 0.3 1.1
2014-15 28 BOS/DAL 40 31.3 9.3 6.5 9.1 1.7 0.1 0.5 41.0 30.9 3.2 1.3 5.2 1.6 33.3 4.2 10.2 0.4 1.4
Rest Of Season Projections 28 DAL 31 32.1 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Rajon Rondo
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Rajon Rondo NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 4 27.5 9.8 4.5 5.3 1.3 0.0 1.0 45.9 50.0 2.3 1.5 3.0 1.8 57.1 4.3 9.3 0.3 0.5
Last 14 Days 6 27.5 7.8 5.0 5.0 1.2 0.0 0.7 41.2 25.0 2.7 1.3 3.7 1.3 50.0 3.5 8.5 0.2 0.7
Last 30 Days 13 29.7 9.4 5.0 6.5 1.5 0.1 0.8 40.6 30.8 2.6 1.3 3.7 1.8 41.7 4.2 10.2 0.3 1.0
Last 5 Games 5 27.2 9.0 4.2 4.4 1.2 0.0 0.8 44.4 50.0 2.2 1.6 2.6 1.4 57.1 4.0 9.0 0.2 0.4
Last 10 Games 10 29.5 7.8 5.4 6.7 1.6 0.0 0.5 36.7 11.1 2.8 1.6 3.8 1.5 33.3 3.6 9.8 0.1 0.9
Last 20 Games 20 30.9 10.8 5.7 7.6 1.6 0.1 0.7 42.6 26.3 3.1 1.5 4.2 1.8 38.9 4.9 11.5 0.3 1.0

 

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Rajon Rondo – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Point Guard

1.  Rajon Rondo

2.  Devin Harris

3.  J.J. Barea

4.  Monta Ellis

5.  Raymond Felton

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True Shooting Percentage

43.1%

True Shooting % in 2014-15

In 2014-15, Rajon Rondo has a true shooting percentage of 43.1%.

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Rajon Rondo NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 20 78 36.0 9.9 5.7 5.8 2.5 0.2 0.1 41.8 64.7 2.7 1.5 4.3 0.6 20.7 3.7 8.8 2.3 3.6
2007-08 21 77 36.0 12.7 5.0 6.1 2.0 0.2 0.1 49.2 61.1 2.3 1.2 3.8 0.3 26.3 5.5 11.1 1.7 2.7
2008-09 22 80 36.0 13.0 5.7 9.0 2.0 0.1 0.2 50.5 64.2 2.8 1.4 4.3 0.7 31.3 5.2 10.3 2.3 3.7
2009-10 23 81 36.0 13.5 4.4 9.6 2.3 0.1 0.2 50.8 62.1 3.0 1.2 3.2 1.0 21.3 5.6 11.0 2.1 3.4
2010-11 24 BOS 68 36.0 10.3 4.2 10.8 2.2 0.2 0.1 47.5 56.8 3.3 1.2 3.0 0.6 23.3 4.5 9.5 1.1 1.9
2011-12 25 BOS 53 36.0 11.6 4.7 11.4 1.7 0.1 0.2 44.8 59.7 3.6 1.1 3.6 0.8 23.8 4.7 10.5 2.0 3.3
2012-13 26 BOS 38 36.0 13.2 5.4 10.6 1.8 0.2 0.3 48.4 64.5 3.7 1.1 4.3 1.3 24.0 5.7 11.8 1.5 2.4
2013-14 27 BOS 30 36.0 12.6 5.9 10.6 1.4 0.1 0.9 40.3 62.7 3.6 0.8 5.1 3.2 28.9 5.1 12.6 1.5 2.4
2014-15 28 BOS 22 36.0 9.4 8.5 12.2 1.9 0.2 0.4 40.5 33.3 3.9 1.3 7.2 1.6 25.0 4.2 10.3 0.6 1.9
2014-15 28 DAL 18 36.0 12.4 6.3 8.3 1.9 0.1 0.8 41.5 26.3 3.4 1.8 4.5 2.0 41.9 5.6 13.5 0.3 1.2
2014-15 28 BOS/DAL 40 36.0 10.7 7.5 10.5 1.9 0.1 0.6 41.0 30.9 3.7 1.5 6.0 1.8 33.3 4.8 11.7 0.5 1.6
Rest Of Season Projections 28 DAL 31 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Rajon Rondo
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Rajon Rondo NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 20 78 1831 501 292 297 128 8 6 41.8 64.7 137 74 218 29 20.7 188 450 119 184
2007-08 21 77 2306 814 322 393 129 13 5 49.2 61.1 147 78 244 19 26.3 351 713 107 175
2008-09 22 80 2642 953 416 659 149 11 15 50.5 64.2 209 100 316 48 31.3 383 759 172 268
2009-10 23 81 2965 1110 360 794 189 11 17 50.8 62.1 246 100 260 80 21.3 459 904 175 282
2010-11 24 BOS 68 2527 721 297 760 153 11 10 47.5 56.8 234 87 210 43 23.3 318 670 75 132
2011-12 25 BOS 53 1957 630 257 620 95 3 10 44.8 59.7 193 62 195 42 23.8 256 572 108 181
2012-13 26 BOS 38 1423 522 212 420 70 9 12 48.4 64.5 148 43 169 50 24.0 225 465 60 93
2013-14 27 BOS 30 998 350 164 294 40 2 26 40.3 62.7 99 22 142 90 28.9 141 350 42 67
2014-15 28 BOS 22 699 182 165 237 37 3 8 40.5 33.3 75 25 140 32 25.0 81 200 12 36
2014-15 28 DAL 18 552 190 96 127 29 2 13 41.5 26.3 52 27 69 31 41.9 86 207 5 19
2014-15 28 BOS/DAL 40 1251 372 261 364 66 5 21 41.0 30.9 127 52 209 63 33.3 167 407 17 55
Rest Of Season Projections 28 DAL 31 994 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Rajon Rondo
Preseason Projections 28 DAL 70 2541 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Rajon Rondo

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Rajon Rondo NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2006-07 20 78 23.5 47.2 42.4 30.8 14.2 2.2 9.8
2007-08 21 77 29.9 51.5 49.6 29.5 11.1 2.7 14.2
2008-09 22 80 33.0 54.3 51.4 37.8 12.0 3.2 18.8
2009-10 23 81 36.6 54.0 51.7 38.4 11.9 3.2 20.6
2010-11 24 BOS 68 37.2 49.5 48.2 44.1 13.6 3.2 19.1
2011-12 25 BOS 53 36.9 48.3 45.6 42.3 13.2 3.2 19.3
2012-13 26 BOS 38 37.4 51.6 49.7 39.1 13.8 2.8 21.4
2013-14 27 BOS 30 33.3 46.1 44.0 38.1 12.8 3.0 17.2
2014-15 28 BOS 22 31.8 42.2 42.5 44.9 14.2 3.2 18.5
2014-15 28 DAL 18 30.7 44.1 44.7 32.2 13.2 2.4 14.3
2014-15 28 BOS/DAL 40 31.3 43.1 43.6 39.5 13.8 2.9 16.6
Rest Of Season Projections 28 DAL 31 32.1 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Rajon Rondo
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Rajon Rondo 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Jan 27 MEM 28 7 7 5 2 0 3 3 8 0 0 1 3 2 5 2
Jan 25 at NOP 34 17 8 9 2 0 2 7 10 1 2 2 2 2 6 1
Jan 23 CHI 27 6 2 4 1 0 2 3 9 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
Jan 21 at MIN 21 9 1 3 0 0 2 4 10 0 0 1 2 0 1 4
Jan 19 at MEM 26 6 3 1 1 0 2 3 8 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
Jan 16 DEN 29 2 9 8 1 0 5 1 6 0 2 0 1 0 9 3
Jan 14 at DEN                                
Jan 13 at SAC 38 21 5 7 4 0 3 10 16 0 3 1 2 2 3 5
Jan 10 at LAC 27 2 3 8 1 0 1 1 11 0 0 0 3 1 2 3
Jan 7 DET 28 6 6 8 2 0 7 3 7 0 0 0 0 2 4 2
Jan 5 at BKN 37 2 10 14 2 0 1 1 13 0 2 0 2 3 7 4
Jan 4 at CLE 28 4 4 8 2 1 1 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 4 2
Jan 2 at BOS 35 29 6 5 1 0 2 12 19 0 0 5 7 1 5 3
Dec 30 WAS 28 11 1 5 1 0 3 4 10 3 4 0 1 0 1 5
Dec 28 OKC 34 15 6 7 2 0 2 7 17 1 4 0 1 2 4 1
Dec 26 LAL 35 21 8 7 1 0 4 10 17 0 2 1 1 2 6 2
Dec 23 at PHO 31 13 6 8 1 0 5 6 14 0 0 1 1 2 4 6
Dec 22 ATL 33 13 4 11 3 1 3 6 15 0 0 1 3 2 2 4
Dec 20 SAS 34 6 7 9 2 0 4 3 11 0 0 0 1 2 5 4
Dec 17 at DET 33 13 7 15 2 0 6 6 12 0 0 1 3 1 6 1
Dec 16 at NYK                                
Dec 13 GSW                                
Dec 10 NOP 32 12 10 10 1 0 4 6 11 0 0 0 2 1 9 4
Dec 9 at MEM                                
Dec 7 MIL 34 13 13 11 3 0 4 5 17 2 4 1 3 2 11 2
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Dec 5 PHO 31 12 8 16 1 0 1 6 17 0 0 0 2 2 6 2
Dec 3 at MIL 34 2 3 8 3 0 4 1 6 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Dec 2 at CHI 34 2 12 19 1 1 7 1 8 0 0 0 3 2 10 0
Nov 29 at PHI                                
Nov 28 at TOR 33 8 7 9 1 0 2 4 13 0 2 0 1 1 6 2
Nov 26 NYK                                
Nov 24 IND                                
Nov 22 at HOU                                
Nov 21 LAL 28 4 5 4 1 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Nov 19 at WAS 30 9 5 13 2 0 6 3 5 2 4 1 2 1 4 0
Nov 17 at CHA 33 14 10 9 1 0 5 6 10 2 10 0 0 0 10 3
Nov 15 MIN                                
Nov 13 PHI                                
Nov 11 SAC                                
Nov 9 MIA                                
Nov 7 at UTA 28 8 4 6 2 1 3 4 10 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
Nov 6 at POR                                
Nov 3 BOS 37 7 9 15 2 0 5 3 11 1 2 0 1 3 6 4
Nov 1 at NOP 34 4 10 8 3 0 5 2 9 0 0 0 1 3 7 3
Oct 30 UTA                                
Oct 28 at SAS                                

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Rajon Rondo: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Rondo scored 17 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), to go with nine assists, eight rebounds, and two steals in 34 minutes on Sunday.

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Rondo scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting Wednesday. He added three assists and one rebound in the win over Minnesota.

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Rondo scored six points (3-of-8 FG) Monday in a win over the Grizzlies. He added three rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

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Rondo (Achilles) started Friday despite missing Wednesday's game, scoring just two points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), but making up for it with nine rebounds and eight assists.

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Rondo (Achilles) will in fact start against the Nuggets on Friday, the Star-Telegram reports.

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Rondo (Achilles) plans on playing Friday against the Nuggets, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Rondo (Achilles) will not play Wednesday against the Nuggets.

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Rondo scored 21 points Tuesday in an overtime win over the Kings. He added seven assists, five rebounds, and four steals.

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Rondo struggled against the Pistons on Wednesday, finishing with six points on 3-of-7 shooting. He did manage eight assists and six rebounds in the loss but also turned the ball over seven times.

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Rondo posted a double-double in 37 minutes Monday against the Nets even though he only scored two points (1-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT) as he recorded 10 rebounds and 14 assists to go along with two steals.

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Rondo scored just four points Sunday in a win over the Cavaliers. He did manage to hand out eight assists to go with four rebounds and two steals.

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Rondo scored 29 points (12-19 FG, 5-7 3Pt), six rebounds, and five assists in 35 minutes in the homecoming win over Boston on Friday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014-15

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2013-14

Rondo is well-established as one of the NBA's top point guards and a perennial leader in assists – he's averaged 11 or more in each of the last three seasons. But this year, his status is so uncertain – the only category where he'll lead the league is question marks. First off, he's recovering from a partially-torn ACL. He's expected to miss the first month of the season at minimum, so figure he's on the shelf for roughly 25-30 percent of the Celtics' 82 games. When he does return, he'll be leading a team that bears almost no resemblance to the one he left back in February. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry are gone, replaced by younger, much less talented teammates. Can Rondo continue to generate big assist numbers when he's passing to Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger instead of Pierce and KG? Will his new teammates create enough space for him to operate? Or will defenses be able to lay off and dare him to shoot? And what happens when he does return? Will Danny Ainge complete his rebuild by trading Rondo at the deadline?

2012-13

Rondo has increased his assist average in each of the last five seasons, topping out with an impressive 11.7 dimes per game last season. Why so many? Rondo passes, in part, because he can't shoot. Defenses don't have to defend him at the three-point line, but they do have to worry about him driving past. When they sag off, he has all the time in the world to find a teammate cutting to the basket or coming off a curl or screen--he's like a quarterback with an excellent offensive line. When he does have the opportunity to drive, though, he's a very good finisher and has improved his mid-range game significantly (just ask the Miami Heat--he lit up LeBron and company with his pull-up game.)

2011-12

When last we saw Rajon Rondo, he was trying to lead the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals, playing one-handed through the pain of a dislocated elbow. He actually played with a very different handicap for much of the season; he was badly affected by the C’s trade of Kendrick Perkins, and has admitted that his play suffered as a result. And that should be alarming to the rest of the league. Because even after an ineffective half-season, he finished the year with a career-best averages of 11.2 assists and 2.3 steals (which tied his 2009-10 average). Opposing teams’ defensive strategies may have contributed to Rondo’s big assist totals. He’s such a bad outside shooter, opposing defenders tend to sag off and prevent his drives, daring him to shoot from the outside. But that gives Rondo all day to find teammates like Ray Allen and Paul Pierce running off screens. Don’t be alarmed by Rondo’s ugly three-point percentage; he won’t take enough shots to impact team stats.

2010-11

Once upon a time, Rajon Rondo was considered the Celtics' big weakness. Today he might be their biggest strength. Rondo continued to develop into one of the league's top point guards last season, leading the league with a career-high 2.33 steals, posting new career bests in scoring (13.7 ppg), assists (9.8 apg), and shooting (50.8 FG%) with respectable totals in rebounding (4.4 rpg). If he had any kind of outside shot – just enough to keep defenses honest – he'd be near-unstoppable. Unfortunately, shooting anything other than a layup can be an adventure for Rondo. Defenses routinely sag off him to prevent dribble penetration – daring him to shoot – he made just 17 threes all season, and from the line he has never topped 65 percent shooting in a season. His poor shooting is the biggest reason he fell behind Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and Russell Westbrook on Team USA's depth chart for the World Championships, prompting Rondo to remove his name from consideration just before the final cut. That could become a motivator for him this season.

2009-10

Last season, Rajon Rondo emerged as one of the top young point guards in the game and an excellent floor leader for Boston’s lineup of superstars. He posted significant improvements across-the-board last season, setting new career highs in points (11.9 ppg), assists (8.2 apg), rebounds (5.2 rpg) and shooting (50.5% from the floor). Like Tony Parker, Rondo does most of his scoring from the paint, using his excellent handle to penetrate and his athleticism to finish; he also doesn’t take – or make – many threes. Unlike Parker, he’s a terrific defender, using his long arms to ball-hawk to the tune of two steals per game. And at a mere 23 years old – he won’t turn 24 until February 2010 – Rondo has plenty of room to improve. And yet, the Celtics spent a good portion of this offseason shopping Rondo. Team president Danny Ainge even bad-mouthed his point in the press, saying “He’s stubborn. He doesn’t always take direction well. He’s very bright and knows what he needs to do to be successful. But sometimes he doesn’t understand what the team needs to be successful.” Has Rondo fallen out of favor with Boston’s management? Probably not. But he’s one of the most tradable commodities on a team that could get old in a hurry. It seems fair to write off Ainge’s comments as “tough love” for a player that is still improving.

2008-09

With all the attention paid to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, Rondo thrived last season. It takes all-star caliber teammates to hide Rondo’s gaping flaw – his jump shot. With so many gifted scorers on the team, Rondo never had to keep defenses honest with his shot. In fact Rondo averaged 49-percent shooting, getting tons of layups. With all-stars surrounding him, Rondo should average more than 5.1 apg. But Pierce and Allen can also handle the ball, and coach Doc Rivers limited the second-year pro to just 29.9 mpg. More playing time should come this year, but he’ll never have the ball in his hands as much as other points. Defensively, Rondo creates havoc on and off the ball, averaging a whopping 1.66 steals in just 26.7 minutes per game for his career. Expect that number to hover around 2.0 with increased playing time. Rondo’s also a good rebounder from the position. The Celtics aren’t asking him to do too much as a playmaker, but Rondo produces in a few categories and is a capable second point guard on a fantasy team.

2007-08

Rondo opens the season in charge of the most-talked about team in the NBA. The additions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to play alongside Paul Pierce give Rondo a chance to pad his assist numbers from his rookie season (3.8 apg). As a starter in 2006-07, Rondo averaged 5.8 assists per game – even though he was without Paul Pierce for a stretch and in a job-share arrangement with Delonte West. He’s an above-average defender (1.6 spg) and a very good playmaker, so there is some fantasy value here, but he’s a poor shooter from everywhere. That may not hurt the team because Allen can space the floor and scoring threats abound inside and out. Just don’t expect big point totals from Rondo.