Letís discuss just how overrated Rondo TRULY is.
First letís look at his shot attempts.
In his five years in the NBA heís 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 heís playing. I wonder why heís shooting less?
Well it could be because heís actually a very POOR shooter, and isnít 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 letís compare him to his peers
at rim 71.8%
At rim 59.2%
So thatís basically why Rondo doesnít shoot, or score. Really he canít 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 letís tackle his supposedly best rebounding point guard numbers
This year itís 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. isnít dominant over them at all really. And Russell Westbrook is actually better with 4.9 So really heís just an upper echelon point guard rebounder
And now for Rondoís vaunted passing abilities. First letís 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 letís discuss his absence. As I mentioned the team as a whole shoots over 50% from the field.
Now letís look at the games he missed and what they shot
Giving them an average shooting of 47% each game.
Obviously thatís 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 itís definitely more than possible that while sure he does ďimproveĒ their passing, theyíd 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 theyíre using a backup point guard whoís 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 theyíre 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 thatís 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...theyíre holding teams to 85.2 points. Thatís 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 heís actually...not that good of a defender And you say theyíre getting less field goal percentage? Well theyíre getting more shot attempts due to more rebounds!
Even more interesting the pace didnít 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.