NBA Focus of the Week: Rajon Rondo

Things seem to be going pretty well for Rajon Rondo since returning from a groin injury last month. The 11-year veteran point guard signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in July, his fifth team in four seasons, initially to backup Jrue Holiday. However, since returning, Rondo has been doing more than backing up other players, he’s been right there with Holiday in the starting backcourt while also serving as an assist specialist for DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. Yes, having two starting point guards is a bit unusual, but it’s working. In fact, on Saturday, Rondo had 18 assists, the most assists for any player in a single game this season. Six of those 18 came in the final 12 minutes of the game, six crucial points that helped the Pelicans win the game after letting a 66-55 halftime lead get away from them in the third.

Rondo’s success with the Pelicans comes as a bit of a surprise to many who thought that his career was, essentially, over when the Bulls voided his contract at the end of last season. The 16-17 season was a strange one that found Rondo benched as a result of a falling out with the team’s head coach. However, despite never being a high-scoring point guard, a trait found in younger point guards, the Pelicans thought Rondo would be a fantastic compliment to their two stars, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. DeMarcus Cousins was recently quoted as saying that Rondo,”… makes the game easier for a lot of guys. He takes guys’ games to the next level.”

What do you think? Did the Bulls make a bad move by letting Rondo go, or did Rondo get lucky?

Colleen B

 

A born and raised Boston sports fan (please don’t hate), Colleen lives in Boston proper with her husband of 12-years. A usability expert by day and freelance writer by night, she loathes cleaning the house and burns water.

 

 

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