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Rajon Rondo

31-Year-Old       New Orleans Pelicans

2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

6.3

REB

1.7

AST

5.3

STL

0.3

BLK

0.0

2017-18 NBA ROS Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Heading into the 2016-17 season, Rondo joined the Bulls as a free agent, marking the fourth team he's played for in just three years. It ended up being a relatively unsuccessful campaign, with coach Fred Hoiberg alternating his point guard rotation constantly throughout the ...

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HT: 6' 1"   WT: 186 lbs   DOB: 2/22/1986  College: Kentucky   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #21 Overall in 2006   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Pelicans in July 2017

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Rondo will likely play between 20-to-24 minutes in Friday's game against the Nuggets, Pelicans radio broadcaster Daniel Sallerson reports.

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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 46 28.7 9.3 4.5 6.5 1.2 0.1 0.4 43.6 45.2 2.9 1.0 3.5 1.2 35.2 4.2 9.7 0.4 0.9
2014-15 28 BOS/DAL 68 29.7 8.9 5.5 7.9 1.3 0.1 0.4 42.6 39.7 3.1 1.1 4.4 1.3 31.4 4.0 9.5 0.5 1.1
2015-16 29 SAC 72 35.2 11.9 6.0 11.7 2.0 0.1 0.9 45.4 58.0 3.9 1.1 5.0 2.4 36.5 4.9 10.9 1.2 2.1
2016-17 30 CHI 69 26.7 7.8 5.1 6.7 1.4 0.2 0.7 40.8 60.0 2.4 1.1 4.1 1.9 37.6 3.3 8.1 0.4 0.7
2017-18 31 NOP 3 14.7 6.3 1.7 5.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 69.2 0.0 1.3 0.3 1.3 0.7 50.0 3.0 4.3 0.0 0.0
Rest Of Season Projections 31 NOP 56 25.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 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 3 14.7 6.3 1.7 5.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 69.2 0.0 1.3 0.3 1.3 0.7 50.0 3.0 4.3 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 3 14.7 6.3 1.7 5.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 69.2 0.0 1.3 0.3 1.3 0.7 50.0 3.0 4.3 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 3 14.7 6.3 1.7 5.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 69.2 0.0 1.3 0.3 1.3 0.7 50.0 3.0 4.3 0.0 0.0

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   Rajon Rondo
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Nov 17 @DEN 146-114 25 13 3 6 0 0 2 6 8 0 0 1 2 0 3 1
Nov 15 TOR 116-125 14 4 2 8 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Nov 13 ATL 106-105 5 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Nov 11 LAC 111-103 Did Not Play
Nov 9 @TOR 122-118 Did Not Play
Nov 7 @IND 112-117 Did Not Play
Nov 4 @CHI 90-96 Did Not Play
Nov 3 @DAL 94-99 Did Not Play
Nov 1 MIN 98-104 Did Not Play
Oct 30 ORL 99-115 Did Not Play
Oct 28 CLE 123-101 Did Not Play
Oct 26 @SAC 106-114 Did Not Play
Oct 24 @POR 103-93 Did Not Play
Oct 22 @LAL 112-119 Did Not Play
Oct 20 GSW 120-128 Did Not Play
Oct 18 @MEM 103-91 Did Not Play
Rajon Rondo Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Date Opponent PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
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Rajon Rondo – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Point Guard

1.  Rajon Rondo

2.  Jrue Holiday

3.  Jameer Nelson

4.  Ian Clark

5.  E'Twaun Moore

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New Orleans Pelicans

True Shooting Percentage

73.1%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, Rajon Rondo has a true shooting percentage of 73.1%.

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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 46 36.0 11.6 5.7 8.2 1.5 0.1 0.5 43.6 45.2 3.7 1.3 4.4 1.5 35.2 5.3 12.1 0.5 1.1
2014-15 28 BOS/DAL 68 36.0 10.8 6.7 9.6 1.6 0.1 0.5 42.6 39.7 3.7 1.3 5.4 1.5 31.4 4.9 11.5 0.6 1.4
2015-16 29 SAC 72 36.0 12.2 6.2 11.9 2.0 0.1 0.9 45.4 58.0 3.9 1.1 5.1 2.4 36.5 5.0 11.1 1.2 2.1
2016-17 30 CHI 69 36.0 10.5 6.9 9.0 1.9 0.2 1.0 40.8 60.0 3.3 1.4 5.5 2.6 37.6 4.5 11.0 0.6 1.0
2017-18 31 NOP 3 36.0 15.5 4.1 13.1 0.8 0.0 0.8 69.2 0.0 3.3 0.8 3.3 1.6 50.0 7.4 10.6 0.0 0.0
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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 46 1319 426 208 301 54 4 19 43.6 45.2 135 48 160 54 35.2 194 445 19 42
2014-15 28 BOS/DAL 68 2018 608 373 538 91 7 27 42.6 39.7 210 73 300 86 31.4 275 645 31 78
2015-16 29 SAC 72 2537 859 435 839 141 10 62 45.4 58.0 278 77 358 170 36.5 355 782 87 150
2016-17 30 CHI 69 1843 538 355 461 99 11 50 40.8 60.0 169 73 282 133 37.6 229 561 30 50
2017-18 31 NOP 3 44 19 5 16 1 0 1 69.2 0.0 4 1 4 2 50.0 9 13 0 0
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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 46 28.7 46.0 45.7 33.5 15.0 2.2 12.7
2014-15 28 BOS/DAL 68 29.7 44.8 44.7 37.7 14.7 2.6 14.6
2015-16 29 SAC 72 35.2 50.6 49.4 42.7 14.1 3.0 21.1
2016-17 30 CHI 69 26.7 46.1 45.3 38.0 13.9 2.7 13.7
2017-18 31 NOP 3 14.7 73.1 73.1 48.5 12.1 4.0 11.0
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Rajon Rondo: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Rondo will draw the start for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports New Orleans reports.

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Rondo, according to coach Alvin Gentry, will "probably" play 14-16 minutes Wednesday against the Raptors.

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Rondo collected two points (1-1 FG) and two assists across five minutes during his season debut Monday against the Hawks.

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Rondo (sports hernia) is available for Monday's game against the Hawks, but he is not expected to log more than six minutes.

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Coach Alvin Gentry said Rondo (sports hernia) is targeting a potential return for Nov. 17 against the Nuggets, Daniel Sallerson of Pelicans.com reports.

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Rondo (sports hernia) was able to go through some shooting drills Sunday, Scott Kushner of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.

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Rondo underwent surgery Monday to address a sports hernia and will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

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Rondo is reportedly dealing with a sports hernia and will be seeing a specialist to determine the next step on Monday, Sean Kelley of ESPN radio reports.

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Rondo (groin) will sit out Sunday's preseason game against the Bulls.

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The Pelicans have declared that Rondo is questionable to return to Friday's preseason matchup against the Thunder due to a groin injury.

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Rondo recorded five points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), eight assists, three rebounds and two steals across 31 minutes during Tuesday's 113-109 loss to the Bulls.

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Rondo has agreed to join the Pelicans on a one-year deal, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

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2017-18

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2016-17

Following a disastrous half-season stint in Dallas, Rondo rebounded in Sacramento last season, averaging a double-double and matching the highest assist average (a league-leading 11.7 per game) of his career. Rondo also averaged a career-best 6.0 rebounds per game to go with 2.0 steals, his highest figure since 2010-11. While Rondo's shooting woes have been well documented, he was actually an above-average three-point threat last season, knocking down 36.5 percent of his 170 attempts, which were both career highs by a wide margin. The Bulls are betting that the improvement is more than a one-year anomaly, as Rondo joins a backcourt that features two relatively poor long-range shooters in Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. Whether the trio can coexist will ultimately determine the Bulls' ceiling, and it's fair to question if Rondo's ball-dominant style of play will clash with Wade and Butler's dribble-drive attacks. Regardless, the Bulls roster is relatively void of point guard talent, so the position will be Rondo's to command. Playing alongside Wade and Butler will likely equate to a reduction in Rondo's primary ball-handling duties, and he's unlikely to have the offensive freedom he was granted for much of last season in Sacramento. As a result, Rondo's ceiling should be slightly lower than it was in 2015-16, but he should remain an extremely productive source of assists with above-average steals and rebounds totals at the point guard position.

2015-16

Rondo signed a one-year, $10 million contract with Sacramento this offseason after finding a lukewarm free agent market for himself following last season. After being traded from Boston to Dallas midseason, the ninth-year point guard saw a significant drop in production across the board while struggling to acclimate to Rick Carlisle's offense. Rondo averaged 8.9 points, 7.9 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 40 percent from the free-throw line, all career lows. He did increase his three-point percentage a tad to 31 percent but didn't attempt enough shots from distance (1.3 per game) to be a consistent threat. Rondo's strength has always been his elite ability to find or create open looks for his teammates and deliver the ball. On the downside, Rondo has always struggled to be an efficient shooter and has failed to make significant progress with his outside shot along with his stroke at the charity stripe. He should benefit by playing with an elite level center in DeMarcus Cousins and solid outside shooters in Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli. Now on a team starved for playmaking talent, Rondo possesses the opportunity to rebuild his stock for free agency in the summer of 2016.

2014-15

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, he was getting regular minutes (37 minutes in March/April) while averaging double-digit assists (11.5 apg). As a whole, Rondo averaged 11.7 points on 40-percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds, 9.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 30 games. There were nights when the vintage Rondo was on display but others when it looked like he was still fighting through rust. Aside from the health of his knee, the biggest question surrounding Rondo is whether he'll be with Boston all season. Speculation started about two minutes after Boston selected Marcus Smart with its first round pick in June. Rondo is in the final year of his contract and is expected to test the free-agent market next summer. The Celtics' front office insists they want to rebuild around him going forward, but does Rondo want to stay in Boston to rebuild? Or will the front office be tempted to move him? Offers will come in, and general manager Danny Ainge, who's not afraid of bold moves, will listen. But the city Rondo's calling home will not matter. He'll be any team's starting point guard. Entering 2014-15, Rondo remains a top playmaker with excellent vision, a good rebounder from the guard position, and a gambler on defense who will average more than a steal per game.

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.