Once again, Scott Souza comes up with a great article. In watching the 3 summer league games there were televised, I was most impressed by Rondo. He is fast, but runs the team under control. His defense is what sets him apart, though. I also believe that he has already been working on his offense because he shot the ball without hesitation in the Denver game and was hitting even from 3 point range. Also, the fact that he has a knack for rebounding is a great plus. He may not win the starting job from the beginning of the season, but I fully believe that sooner or later, Rondo will be our starting PG and will lead this team to our next championship.
Of all the players selected in the first round of June’s NBA draft, few drew more differing opinions than Rajon Rondo.
Depending on where you had most often seen him play, he was either an athletic freak with an ability to distribute offensively and dominate defensively, or he was a one-dimensional stopper who would never be able to shoot or play in a halfcourt set well enough to impact at the next level.
When Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge made a surprise move back into the first round -- after trading the seventh overall pick to Portland in the Sebastian Telfair deal -- to snag Rondo at No.21, he was clearly putting more stock into the former description than the latter.
Rondo’s pair of eye-popping pre-draft workouts in Waltham and early returns from the Toshiba Vegas Summer League -- where some deemed him the steal of the first round -- seemed to back up Ainge’s analysis. While it remains to be seen whether Celtics coach Doc Rivers and his staff can build on Rondo’s strengths and minimize his weaknesses, the two coaches who had him on their benches through good times and not-so-good times over the past two years claim to both be Rondo supporters. [More] source: MetroWest Daily
Ever since I saw Rondo play in the high school McDonald's game, I was sold on his abilities. Even from that young age (17 yrs old), he made the game look so easy with his quick decision making and intuitive style of play. Ironically, that same game featured 2 other current Celtics: Sebastian Telfair and Al Jefferson.
Esco, I'm hoping Telfair can make the big step forward and be a game changing PG. I like his chances here. Hopefully Doc will not micromanage Telfair and hinder his creativity.