Rajon Rondo had one request from Coach Doc Rivers last night, “spread the ball around.” Not only did he comply with the seemingly simple request from his coach, he went above and beyond and had the second best assist performance of any Boston Celtic in history on his way to a triple double and a win over the Knicks.
Rondo did not record 24 assists the easy way (if there is an easy way to get24) by handing the ball to stars for an easy layin during a blow out. Rondo found nearly every teammate in a tight game assisting in the majority of all points scored on the field goal. Here is a quick breakdown:
8 of Garnett’s 12 baskets
6 of Baby’s 8 baskets
4 assists to Pierce
3 dimes to Allen
2 to the Big Shamrock
1 to Daniels
Only 2 players scored and not see an assist from the little man was Rondo himself and Nate Robinson. But lets break it down a bit. The Celtics scored 105 points, how involved was Rondo?
Take away the free throw points made by players: 10 points (Really 12 but 2 were Rondo’s)
Take away Rondos points: 10 points (Includes 2 free throws)
That leaves 85 points that Rondo could assist on and with the combination of 2 and 3 point shots made by Celtics that Rondo assisted on he dished out to 52 points scored on the floor in game time. He had a hand in over 60% of all of the points he did not score himself, that is pretty amazing when you think about it, now you add in the 10 rebounds and a steal he grabbed in the big picture it appears Rondo may have had one of the best games this early in the NBA season, what more awaits. Yet the top story of the night on Yahoo! and ESPN: The Heat win a game and the NBA should be worried. At least we could count on Jalen Rose to notice, “its been a lot of talk about Who is the best PG in the league right now it has to be Rondo of the Celts…..PERIOD.”
Every season Rondo seems to just keep getting better and better, while his free throw percentage will continue to struggle he can still control a game without having it create a detriment to the overall success of the team. Without Question Rajon Rondo will have a place in the rafters a decade from now and hopefully he will raise several more banners on his way to immortality in Boston sports. Not only will Rondo be a legend, but he will be bigger then Larry Bird, you just watch. There is no better time in the NBA than right now with this guy playing, not the 1980s, not the 1960s, it’s all about now.