Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  48 responses

Can Rajon Rondo Average 20 Assists Per Game?

Rondo, currently the League leader at 14.3 assists per game, believes he can up his nightly average by about 6 more assists. He doesn’t lack for confidence, this one. From FanHouse: “OK, so how many assists per game does Rondo believe he can average this season? Realistically, how many? ‘Twenty,’ said Rondo, who did hand out 24 Oct. 29 against New York but hasn’t exceeded 17 in any other game. OK, why do you think that? ‘Because we’re shooting the ball extremely well,’ he said. ‘We’re playing together and moving the ball.’ Told that, to average 20, if he had 15 one game, he’d have to make up for it with 25 in another, Rondo said, ‘I know. I can count.’ Opinions differ on the Celtics about whether Rondo could average 20 assists. Forward Paul Pierce said, ‘It’s impossible.’ But guard Von Wafer was much less skeptical. ‘He believes he can,’ Wafer said. ‘He believes that he’s the best point guard in the NBA. He really, really believes that. He’s not just saying it. He really feels he can average 20 assists a game. He’s just confident. That’s (how) you got to be playing this game is confident.’”

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  • Nick

    no, he can’t. Wall can.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    No…the end.

  • ripslam

    ^Lol’d at this comment. I think 15 would be a cinch for Rondo, easy, maybe 16.

  • Mark Lewis

    I don’t think he can either but as a Celtics fan I love his attitude and confidence.

  • Anon e Mouse

    Erm, Nope.

  • ClydeSays

    No. I’m a fan, but averaging 20apg, means that means he’d have to have a bunch of 25 assist games to make up for for a ‘bad’ 15 assist night. Also, the C’s are a better passing team as a whole. They don’t NEED to have the ball in Rondo’s hands every single possession.

  • KB2412345

    not even close. his assists this season will go down to 12 or so by season end… which is awesome. lets just be realistic. I’m sure LeBron could tho… If he REALLY wanted to ;)

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank


  • riggs

    He can (thats the keyword here) but he wont be able to.

  • grammar nazi


    “He can (thats the keyword here) but he wont be able to. ”

    can = will be able to
    can =/= won’t be able to
    can’t = won’t be able to

  • Chris

    Yes, and Lebron can average a trip……
    oh. right.

  • shu

    No, he can’t. HOWEVA, a more realistic goal is 1000 assists this season. It has only been done 9 times in the NBA/ABA, 7 by Stockton, once by Isaiah, then once more by a Piston. If he can accomplish something Migic, Nash, KJ, CP3 have never done, that’s really something. 12.5 per for 80 games would do it. Playing only 70 games requires 14.3 You can already tell how much Stockton was an ironman. Hope Rondo gets there.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    I can see 15 for sure. I can also see him getting 20 a couple more games this season, but to average that many is unrealistic.

  • JTaylor21

    Does this dude really believe he’s the best PG in the league? Where they do that at!

  • http://bulls.com airs

    “i know, i can count” haha.

    even though thats ridiculous, im still starting to dislike this guy a lot less nowadays.

  • EJ

    In a few years John Wall probably could on a team like the Celtics. Well maybe not, but over 15. Dude is a rookie and gets 10 assist per game in Washington.

  • Will


  • hillbilly

    16*, max. (*sans roller skates)

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    This is stupid. Besides, its hard to get assists when youre in street clothes.

  • James aka…

    teams routinely average less than that. Silly boastfulness. It would be like K love saying he could go 30 a night after having done it the one time.

  • T-Money

    I’m not even seeing 15 after 82 games.

  • bashmo

    this is not possible. In order to average 20 APG he’d have to play every second of EVERY game. He already plays 40 min per. And when he has an “off” night with 15 assists, he has to make it up with 25 the next night? Are you serious? See that’s why Pierce’s nick is the truth. He tells it like is is lol. Just not realistic. He can maybe go over a 3-4 game streak of 17-18 APG, but 20? Not possible.

  • ai come back

    i see 17 per game……..20 apg would make stocktons record look breakable

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i dont think he can but i love his attitude and confidence

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Man, I can’t even average 20 assists in a VIDEOGAME. But kudos to Rondo for his confidence. Hope he breaks Stockton’s single season assists record.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    The Truth keeping it real.
    And really, he won’t even average 15.

  • http://hibachisabas.blogspot.com/ Toni Kukoc

    ^ what he saud, he won’t even average 14 for the year…

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    As the season goes on teams are really gonna force him to shoot the ball more and he won’t be getting all those assist. He would probably need 10 assist a game on the fastbreak alone in order to average 20 and the Celts don’t run that much.

  • Me

    u guys ever notice rondos a bit*h? HAHAHA

  • All Day

    I find it laughable whenever a guy says he can do something that hasn’t been done before…Rondo says he can average 20 assists per game…GET YOUR @SS OUT THERE ON THE COURT AND DO IT…don’t talk about it, be about it, bro…don’t tell me, show me!!!

  • tony knorr

    the only way this is possible is if ray shoots 60 % from downtown and as one of ray’s biggest fans i can safely say that is not happening. but hell if they want to run ray off of 200 screens per game instead of the usual 100 just so rondo can pass him the ball and get more assists then i’m all for it. ray will still only shoot 40 % but he’ll make 7 or 8 out of 20 attempts per game and crush any and all 3 point records he doesn’t already hold which would be sweet. so yeah go for it rondo call every play for ray to run off of 8 screens per possession and don’t worry about ray tiring out this is the guy who run’s marathons with his moms before games, ray don’t get tired.

  • YokoDMV

    @Me – WOMP – but ur posting comments on his articles?

  • Flight

    he’ll finish averaging 12 a game.

  • YokoDMV


  • http://yahoo.com Eboy

    i think he can im a HUGE celtics fan now im through with the HeaT!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clyde

    Noooooo way. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see it, but that’s a stretch to average.

  • RedRum

    He can’t. The pace of the game is too slow for that many assists, especially with the Cs slow half-court offense. Maybe if he was playing for a D’Antoni team…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I love the fake eboy comment.

  • BostonGent

    We’ll See!! Right?

  • hoodsnake


  • paul

    I don’t get the negative reaction to Rondo’s confidence. Who the hell predicted he’d be averaging nearly 15 assists/game at this point? And shouldn’t a point guard have confidence that his team’s offense can be more efficient, effective? Or should he believe “oh well, what we’ve been doing is the best we can hope to do.”?!
    I say again, who was predicting that Rondo would be averaging 15?

    That said, I wonder if Rondo gets it, at all, that if he wants to be a great point guard, HE MUST BECOME A BETTER SHOOTER! Robinson just gave him a demo on that point last night. He needs to get an effing clue. If you want to be great, Rondo, you have to do the work it takes to be great. Ask Larry Bird how he became a great shooter. The answer is, thousands of practice shots.

    I think Rondo CAN average 20. But not until he becomes a better shooter. And I think his average this season will go down to about 11. With Robinson and West coming on, he may not even be the starter when he comes back, and for sure he will have reduced minutes. On the other hand, if he raises his level of performance running the offense, who knows?

  • Hammer

    N-O. No

  • Shem

    Rondo will end the season with 12 maybe 13. If he even comes close to 20 in a season (say about 18) he should automatically be handed the MVP.

  • Jagster


    Was that some kinda joke or something about Nate Robinson and Delonte taking Rondo’s starting job? Funny.

    As far as his shooting. Rondo has been taking and hitting his Jump shots this year so far. Look it up. The only thing is, he should be shooting or driving to the hoop more? But remember, he also plays with 4 hungry, ornery scorers who want the ball to.

    Nonetheless, he’s increased his scoring average and assist every year in the league. Last year he averaged 14 points a game. He should be averaging 16-17 points a game this year. But with Shaq on the team, he really doesn’t have to.

    But if history is anything, Rondo certainly scores when they need and want him to, like in the playoffs.

  • thegman8

    there are 7 teams this season who are averaging less than 20 apg. most nba teams currently average 22 to 24 apg. statistically, for a single player to get 20 apg is nearly impossible. but the confidence is good.

  • RedRum

    reading the quote again, I think it has been misrepresented. I think what Rondo says is that he plays with the confidence that he can average 20, not actually do it. The same applies to scorers they play with the confidence that they can score 60, rebounders that they can grab 30 etc. only if you play with that mindset you can achieve greatness.

  • zeddersg

    in terms of ability, Rondo can do it…..but unlikely Doc will let him play more than 35mins per game until the Playoffs starts…

  • http://YAHOO.COM Mark James

    yes he can.I’ve seen Rondo for the last couple of games and he’s better than Deron Williams,Chris Paul,Derrick Rose,and John Wall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!