Let’s discuss just how overrated Rondo TRULY is.
First let’s look at his shot attempts.
In his five years in the NBA he’s averaged this many shot attempts per year
This is particularly interesting not only because his attempts are back down this year to his Sophomore levels, but because of the extra 8 minutes a game he’s playing. I wonder why he’s shooting less?
Well it could be because he’s actually a very POOR shooter, and isn’t really getting any better at that
Around the rim he shoots 64%(on 4.1 attempts per game)
<10 feet 48.5%(1.2 attempts per game)
10-15 feet 30%(.4 per game)
16-23 45%(2.8 per game)
Ouch. But to further examine that let’s compare him to his peers
at rim 71.8%
At rim 59.2%
So that’s basically why Rondo doesn’t shoot, or score. Really he can’t especially compared to his peers. Which explains why players can play off of him now on defense, all they have to worry about is him driving into the paint to score.
Next let’s tackle his supposedly best rebounding point guard numbers
This year it’s a nice ...4.6
Deron a 3.7
lastly CP3 with 4.3
So of those four yes, he is the best. However he A. isn’t dominant over them at all really. And Russell Westbrook is actually better with 4.9 So really he’s just an upper echelon point guard rebounder
And now for Rondo’s vaunted passing abilities. First let’s give credit where the credit IS due, He does average a highly impressive 13.4. And he also averages 4.1 turnovers, which is the worst of any point guard I found. So props to the guy for leading the league in assists. The Celtics for a whole actually shoot right over 50%, including the big 3. Which is heavily impressive.
This in turn takes me to where the overrated part of his passing game is. First let’s discuss his absence. As I mentioned the team as a whole shoots over 50% from the field.
Now let’s look at the games he missed and what they shot
Giving them an average shooting of 47% each game.
Obviously that’s not the historical rate their shooting at now, but still not missing a beat either, given that the league average right now is 45.6% a game. So it’s definitely more than possible that while sure he does “improve” their passing, they’d still be completely fine with out him. AND they would still be amongst the league leaders.
Lastly, his defense....wow. MUCH to be desired. an INCREDIBLE AMOUNT of benefit he gets playing with his bigs particularly Kevin Garnett. The Celtics actually play MUCH better defense without Rondo(with KG), and their offense hardly slips at all, even though they’re using a backup point guard who’s more of a scorer (Nate Robinson). And then have no real backup behind him.
BUT the best part is really that, those offensive numbers are down because of ONE game. in fact, if you remove the magic game they’re averaging
49.1% from the field
and lastly 22.5 Assists
All of which is JUST BARELY below their normal averages anyways. Keep ind mind that’s with a backup shoot first pass later point guard taking the shots, and with no depth, due to Delonte West being out. They go from 94.1 without him to 98.9 with him
Now defensively, this gets really good. Without Rondo, and with Garnett...they’re holding teams to 85.2 points. That’s right a HUGE drop off.
Margin of victory 8.9---7.5
On the left is without on the right with. So basically they trade in a couple of assists for the same win-loss record and a better margin of victory. Trade 4 points to take away 6. Thus proving he’s actually...not that good of a defender And you say they’re getting less field goal percentage? Well they’re getting more shot attempts due to more rebounds!
Even more interesting the pace didn’t change. The Celtics literally rebound more, take the same amount of free throws, get MORE field goal attempts, and still somehow the opposing takes less, shots and less effective ones.
And that my friends is why Rajon Rondo is really
EDITED: For putting in shot attempts per game, in their respective location.