|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM|
"One of the league’s most unique players, Rondo is either great or horrible at nearly everything, producing wildly divergent viewpoints as to his overall value. In the same season, he was passed over in favor of Luol Deng for the All-Star team and named on eight MVP ballots…
The general consensus was that Rondo’s defense slipped a bit last season, that he gambled too much and his effort wavered. While opposing point guards mustered just a 10.9 PER against him, Boston gave up more points with him on the court, and his foul rate was so low (barely one every 20 minutes) that it supported the idea that he was saving himself for the offensive end. His steals rate was also a career low, although still well above par for his position.
Hollinger loves stats, and Rondo dipped on defensive stats, but did Hollinger watch every Celtics game? No he didn't, and did most of us watch every single minute, and every single second? Yes, most of us did. Honestly Rondo played great defense, can he improve? Of course, but Rondo hasn't lost his defensive mojo. Rondo's critics will attack him because they don't understand why he is so good. People want him to score like Paul, Rose, and Williams. But Rondo controls the game like a supernatural force. I'm not worried about Rondo's defense, and Rondo is great at something. He's a leader, and the best play maker in the game.