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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 2:00 pm  |  126 responses

Rajon Rondo Explains Why He Thinks He’s the NBA’s Best Point Guard


Rajon Rondo has never lacked confidence in his own abilities. Not only does he believe he’s the NBA’s top floor general today, Rondo also aims to go down as the greatest point guard in Boston Celtics history. Rajon tells Boston Common Magazine why he should be considered the best at his position in the game (via WEEI): “It’s always the whole package,’ he says. ‘Some fans look at a point guard and say he had 26 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds, and they’ll say he had a great game. But there is a lot of talent in the NBA, and eventually that talent catches up with you. The mental game is where it’s at. I would say the game is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical, for me at least. What separates great players from good ones is performing consistently. I can dominate the game in any number of ways, not just with the numbers.’ [...] People can judge point guards by assessing passing, scoring, defense, and a slew of other things, but Rondo takes it a little further. ‘My definition of what a good point guard is might be different from what some others might think,’ he says. ‘I’ll give you an example: If [head coach] Doc Rivers gets thrown out, I can run the team for the rest of the game. I know what plays to call, what sets to call, or when to call time outs. It’s more than keeping track of the score. There is so much more going on that you take for granted on any given night, and there are only so many guys who can run a team when you don’t have a coach. In that category I think I am the best at what I do.’”

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  • Jerome

    How many times did Doc get tossed from a game with Rondo on the floor? Not saying I disagree or am calling Rage a liar, but givwe us on example here.

  • CB4

    A point guard is a player that is able to handle the ball well under pressure, distribute the ball as effectively as possible and defend well. I dislike the way point guards are now ranked judged on their individual scoring ability. Scoring point guards are more common now than in the NBA of old. There’s no doubt that Rajon Rondo is the best pure point guard in the NBA. Granted, he cannot score like Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook, but the way he distributes the ball is like no other player in the NBA right now.

  • JR

    Even if we used Rondo’s definition of what makes a point guard great, Chris Paul would still be the best. If I’m a coach and I get ejected, I pick Paul to assume my roll over Rondo all day.

  • JR

    I should add: you can’t call yourself the best point guard in the NBA with that broke ass jumper of yours.

  • Karl

    Sorry but you can’t be the best PG in the NBA when your man sags off you when you’re at the 3 point line. I don’t care how well refined other aspects of your game are but if the defense doesn’t respect your jumper, your man can help off of you. Additionally, below 60% at the line for a guard is ridiculously bad..
    Work on these things and you’ll be the best PG

  • pposse

    he speaks the truth, he can say this now cause d rose is shelved for the time being. What have i been telling you fellow slam posters? How the game is waaay more mental then physical, and now an elite pg speaks the same thing!

  • Jerome
  • Datkid

    Chris Paul? no?

  • Caboose

    What does Rondo do better than Chris Paul? Anything?

  • T-Money

    i see how you carefully failed to mention chris paul. carry on.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Nothing. Paul has the same skills he has and is a better shooter.

  • pposse

    NO!

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Even if D-Rose were healthy, Chris Paul qualifies for everything Rondo said and has a much better jumpshot.

  • pposse

    he rebounds better, passes better, and is bigger than cp, ill take him any day over cp.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    So many different ideas of what a true PG is. So many productive PGs in the league. What exactly is a pure PG? D-Rose’s 25 and 7 is just as productive as Rondo’s 12 and 12 if you ask me. It all depends on what a team needs. There’s only one guy in my opinion that would fit on any and every team in basketball regardless of what they need and that’s Chris Paul. I still have Deron Williams behind him. Rondo wouldn’t do well having to fill D-Rose’s shoes in Chicago and D-Rose wouldn’t be able to run the Celtics like Rondo does. CP3 could do both and Deron also could but not as well as Chris.

  • Redd

    If we go by pg match ups then D Rose is the best pg. He’s won all of his. Now people usually don’t do that though.

  • renekt

    1. cp3 2. Steve nash 3. Rondo

  • beni

    veyr good PG. Far from being at the same level than Chris P.

    Does not seem to recognize that he is becoming more and more unbearable.
    Should stop talking.

  • KipSmithers

    What gets me most about Rondo is that he’s one of the few people in the NBA who didn’t come in as a star. So many people come in as stars and stay stars. He’s just improved more and more each year to the point where people have realized that he’s pretty damn good.
    The thing that scares me most about him is not his jumper issues, bit imagine just how good he could be if he were a few inches taller.

  • JR

    He’s better at butting heads with his team mates.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    “Yall hear this sh*t?? Boy done lost his mind!” – CP3 talking to Russell Westbrook, Steve Nash, Derrick Rose, and Deron Williams at All Star Weekend

  • ALD

    i disagree. the fact that rondo still drives to the basket when ppl sag off shows how good he is… A JUMPSHOT is needed but rondo has all the skills.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is really disrespecting chalmers here

  • keyon dooling

    delusional Laker fans… getting as bad as delusional Knick fans. This can’t be life

  • KD

    Rondo’s an idiot.

  • KD

    Actually, Rondo’s an insecure idiot. You don’t here CP3 or D-Will talking about they are the best. Just plain stupid!

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    That’s true.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Chris Paul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    nah you just hear D-Will covering his ass about the Dallas situation…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    nah you just hear D-Will covering his ass about the Dallas situation…

  • bike

    Rondo/Paul = 0.87

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    rajon, you the truth homie

  • Caboose

    Ok, so the fact that Paul has higher career RPG and APG means that Rondo is a better rebounder and passer? Do you even think when you say things?

  • Caboose

    And just overall scorer.

  • Jerome

    DRose, right now, is one of the worst pg’s then. He aint matching up with nobody. All that would’ve, couldv’e should’ve chatter can walk.

  • aj2nice

    Rondo is hands down the best defending pg, best passer (accurate with either hand, Nash also). he rebounds n orchastrates the offense flawlessly. running the offense is not just abt getting assists…n those who doubt his ability to score name another pg who’s dropping 40+ pts along with a triple dbl against the Heat. in the EAST CONF FINALS not a regular season game in Nov

  • Dutch Rich

    Finger roll…that’s it.

  • LakeShow

    Christopher Emmanuel Paul

  • rainman

    Chris Paul

  • rainman

    Derrick Rose isnt better than Chris Paul. regardless of one on one match ups between the two that come only once or twice a season because they’re not in the same conference.

  • biggieman

    Even though Westbrook is my boy, I gotta say CP3 and Rondo are the leagues 2 best point guards.

  • biggieman

    1. Chris Paul 2. Rajon Rondo 3. Deron Williams 4. Russell Westbrook 5. Derrick Rose

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    I keep preaching it, Spit. Dudes be disrespecting The Clutch.

  • J-Train

    All true… Now just waiting for Rondo (and KG) to congratulate the Heat on winning that 7-game series rather than walking off the court like whining little bitches.

  • Showtime

    Chris paul of this fall

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    CP3 can do more at the position but you can’t just dismiss the fact that Rose has outplayed every PG he’s faced the last two seasons.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Common sense should tell you that we’re talking about when everyone is healthy and playing.

  • bike

    Better bunnies.

  • Lorne

    On what planet, pposse?

  • charliewinning

    If CP3 and Rose switch teams, who do you think will thrive the most? I KNOW CP can have similar if not more success with the Bulls squad Rose has played with. What I doubt is Rose making the playoffs in the West with the kinds of teams Paul has played with prior to the Clippers.

  • Junior Taylor

    When did Chris Paul pass?

  • roscoe

    when defenses start going on the top on screens bc rajon’s jumper is a threat i can put him behind cp3 as the second best pg in the nba, but that is just me.

  • roscoe

    * over the top of screens

  • roscoe

    truth.

  • justin05

    When Rose is healthy he is in front of rajon but I agree 100%

  • justin05

    Ball fakes lol. He’s more showy than Chris Paul but not as great. He has longer arms so he gets better looking steals also. I’d rather have Deron Williams or a healthy Rose over Rondo in the last 5 minutes of a game.

  • justin05

    unintelligent guy again…

  • justin05

    verified account, you dumb homie

  • Caboose

    Better looking steals? Like aesthetically pleasing? Because Rondo has only got more steals than Paul once in his 6 years in the league.

  • Caboose

    Get used to it around here. Don’t forget the delusional Bulls fans who think that Rose will be ready in December and will be 100% when he gets back.

  • bigbadbo

    @ByAnyMeansNecessary Totally agree with you, CP3 is a floor general, and the best in the game at it. You are right saying D rose stats are just as productive as Rondo’s, But I do think that Deron Williams is more dangerous that CP3 on any given night, he just lacks consistency. You also have to credit Rondo with the toughness award, CP and rose have both suffered from injuries, but Rondo takes it to another level!

  • Datkid

    Absolutely nothing. Guys just love to neck Rondo bc it seems like he succeeds w/o having a basic basketball skill, which is inspiring. Nobody really realizes how much of a smart athletic and lengthy freak he has to be to make up for it, never mind the teams he’s been on. That is one thing you could say tho, that bc of CP’s injuries he’s more athletic. but CP does literally everything else so much better.

  • Datkid

    Russell Westbrook definitely gave him the business once

  • Datkid

    you’re insane pposse

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    rajon’s a prime PG. go away street rat

  • Caboose

    I actually kinda find it funny how Rondo just redefined what “best point guard” is to try to fit himself. I imagine JR Smith saying that best SG is defined as “he who can average the most shots per minute. Because, I mean, it’s got SHOOTING guard in the title, isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? I think I fulfill the very definition of the best shooting guard.”

  • justin05

    Rajon is a top 5 pg but he’s not your homie

  • jtexas93

    Rondo is right and is a very smart individual he is the smartest point guard in the league and will be inducted into springfield when its all said and done

  • justin05

    Just showy, more length so he’s able to reach a little further. He had a great one a few years ago in a playoff game(can’t remember which one) where he dove and took it away. Chris Paul is more elusive and quick overall however.

  • Caboose

    Agreed. Dwight gets the more photogenic blocks but Bogut’s are far more valuable.

  • Prem

    Kyrie Irving and Rubio will destroy Rondo. God forbid Wade starts playing point guard again because he’ll probably be the best point guard. Rondo is on crack. His jump shot is the worst of all point guards in the league and makes him a liability Rondo is going to be terrible now without Ray Allen who is the best shooter in the NBA.

  • Caboose

    Smartest point guard in the league?
    Kidd, Nash, Paul, Parker, Miller, Billups, maybe Rubio. Rondo doesn’t exactly strike me as a smart bloke, just someone who can play the game.

  • VanCityBBall

    Rajon is one of the smartest players in the game in general… i forget which coach said this but he said when playing against Boston, Rondo can figure out the defence and offence of the opposing team mid-game. He can tell his teammates to be ready for screens and even who the play is being called for to be ready…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I wouldn’t say that Rondo is tougher than Chris or Derrick because he hasn’t been injured like they have. Both Chris and Derrick have been basically the beginning and the end for their teams on the offensive end of the floor. A huge offensive load to carry. More work. Rondo didn’t really start playing a lot until KG and Ray got to Boston. He’s never had to carry a team like Chris and Derrick have.

  • Shifty

    Rondo is a player who can dominate the game in many different ways. He doesn’t need to score to win games. He can get a double double in rebounds and assists and win games and only score two points. Probably one of te best players in the play offs too regularly getting triple doubles. And doc says that he can let rondo do his thing and at times let’s him call the shots. How many people can say Avery Johnson lets deron do that? Or who else has a better relationship? Paul, rose, Westbrook, and deron all need to score for their teams to win even if u do have Durant on your team. Rondo doesn’t need to score, and if I’m correct rondo was making clutch jumpers when it mattered, in the ECF. Sure they didnt win but te celtics pushed the heat further then any other team. A year or two ago he had the highest field goal % for a guard 6,4 and under and he’s a assist leader and people say well he’s around 3 hall of famers but at the same time people are putting those guys down for being too old. He confident and that’s what u need. Also career wise he’s 0.1 rebounds below Chris Paul. But I must admit. Chris Paul can take teams to the playoffs with medi core talent around him. Can’t say the same for deron.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I’ve already said once on here that Chris is the only guy who could fit on every team in the league. Read the comments before you state your opinion. As for more success with the Bulls, I doubt it since Rose is a better scorer than Chris is. Chris would fit in but at times when they absolutely need a basket, Derrick is better at getting to the rim and finishing than any other player in the league outside of LeBron. He could have gotten to the playoffs with the squad that had Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic and he would’ve made it two seasons ago with the team that lost to the Lakers in the 1st round. I hope you understand that what you’re saying is that Chris would have had a better season than Rose did during his MVP season by saying that he would have more success with that team. You’re also saying that they would have done better against LeBron and the Heat in the ECF. Shocking as it may sound, I think you’re underrating Derrick Rose.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    You said it yourself….Paul, Rose, Westbrook and Deron all need to score for their teams to win. Not because they can’t do anything else, but because they’re smart enough to know that if they don’t score, their teams won’t win. One of the top qualities a PG needs is intelligence. They have to know what’s best for their teams. All of those guys know and they do what they need to do just as Rondo knows that he doesn’t need to score for Boston to win. What makes Chris Paul better in my opinion is that if he was in Boston and the team all of a sudden needed him to score consistently to win, he could do it. Rondo can’t on a consistent basis. Rondo’s jumpshot is streaky. He got hot during that Heat series. But his shot still isn’t consistent. He doesn’t even trust it himself. As for Deron, he’s never had a mediocre team to play with so that he could try to take them to the playoffs. He’s either had good teams in Utah or terrible teams like the Nets have been since he arrived.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    The only time I remember Russell playing really well against the Bulls was this past season when he dunked on Omer Asik and Derrick didn’t play in that game.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    That whole Springfield thing won’t be decided until KG and Paul leave Boston. Then we’ll all really see what he’s made of when he is the unquestioned leader of that team.

  • RONDO

    All yall talk too much rondo not being the best. Yall have too much time in your hands. Did Cp3, Rose, Russel, Derron win a championship?? RONDO IS THE KING OF TRIPLE DOUBLE & HAS A RING & IS THE BEST. FCUK ALL YALL HATERS!!

  • errday

    I disagree, I’ve seen him be able to score at will plenty of times.

    Its just when his team needs a score, they’ve almost always gone to Pierce to get something going. No sense having a PG go full-scorer when you’ve got one of the best in the L in generating their own shot on the court as well. It didn’t work in the CFs because LeBron shut Pierce down consistently so Rondo had to go mental.

    Which he did.

  • clydesays

    Chalmers doesn’t have much game to respect. And you have to believe your the best. Except if you’re Starbury.

  • Redd

    I may be wrong but I also feel like Rose playing in his hometown has given him a boost and hunger. I’m a huge Bulls fan but I can’t knock that as a factor.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    we had a couple of brews earlier with your momma earlier, whatcha mean?!

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I’m a C’s fan because of KG, so I love Rondo too, but I just like Deron Williams better. Anyway, I think that Rondo will surprise people with his scoring ability once PP retires.

  • uqk

    can’t wait to see Celtics vs Nets :D

  • uqk

    chalmers got ring too..

  • uqk

    defense & rebound…something related to wingspan, bigger palm, & height :)

  • pposse

    yah cause the whole world is stroking CP like you for things that he did four years ago, for some reason he still gets to live off that rep

  • pposse

    when rose is healthy is above and beyond all of those chumps, ask coach K who woulda started the 2012 olympics..enough said!

  • pposse

    just cause you average more doesnt mean your a better passer or rebounder, hey Caboose who has more head to head victories? both have mediocre stats when playing against each other but who is shooting at 42% while the other is at 46%?? I did mention Rondo’s size right? I think and know what you know not about this game, I may forgive you for your treasons….you never know! (drake voice)

  • justin05

    perfect analogy lol

  • justin05

    Stupid and immature lol. I hope you don’t plan on commenting on this website all season because we appreciate intelligent opinions here. Thanks.

  • pposse

    look ALL great pg’s in the game can adapt their game when playing along great players, and ALL great pg’s can make a bad team look good. more than anything with chris paul it comes down to his size…Deron, d rose and Rondo are bigger than him and I know that both Rondo and Rose have proven themselves, not so sure about Deron (but he did drop 57 pts in a single game, and that is noteworthy). A lot of this rhetoric about cp3 is from what he accomplished in 08, nothing lately. He gets injured often, and like i said it comes down to size for me. As a coach, GM, and a fan i would trust the guy that is physically superior, which is everyone listed and then CP last. pg debates can go on and on, im gonna take the guy with the size and proven abilities before i take the undersized guy with proven abilities.

  • MackAtttack

    Chris Paul is still the number one PURE point guard in the league and I don’t even think it’s close right now. Some could argue Derrick Rose, Deron Williams or even Russell Westbrook (for those absurd moments) are better at the 1 but the overall package belongs to CP3. He can score consistently, has an above average jumper, attacks relentlessly, heads his defense and comes up with steals left and right, is obsessively competitive (lifting his teammates as well) and he’s the single best at creating for his teammates in the NBA. I got CP3 at my number one and D-Rose number 2 but the next 3 are debatable for positioning.

  • Shifty

    He is meaning that if that ever happened he would be able to step in and make the sort of decisions the coach would do.

  • Shifty

    His jumpshot is streaky but its getting better. He just has some big ass hands and long arms. With Chris Paul do you mean score consistently over a couple of games or just score consistently from 1st quarter to 4th? So your saying that scoring is Te only thing separating him from being the best?

  • roscoe

    how did you determine Rondo = 13% < CP3?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    LOL, hey man. i been posting here since last season. I’m just having fun. its just a website, ease up bruh

  • Clos1881

    So saying your the best means your insecure? Muhammad Ali was insecure as shit then

  • Rondo

    Chalmers is not even in the best pg convo pls.. U sound silly

  • aicomeback

    derons dam close though

  • Mars

    Rondo just pulled the intelligence card. Well played sir. He’s right though. If the smartest player leaves the court, then you play like the Kings or Toronto. His basketball IQ has never been in question. I dunno if it’s higher than CP3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    I agree Rondo. You are the best pg in the NBA. U proved it to me with heart. I love the NBA underdog thing. When they touted Kobe, I lost interest. I hate the whole concept of super-teams, unless off course it’s a superteam. That does happen, that’s why I love the NBA. Mav’s 11… 08 Celts…. 04 Pistons… 01 game 1 76ers (against LAL).
    The super teams (Miami, LAL) are more like computer games. Therefor everything associated with that such as stiff play and predictable offence applies. Personally M won this year because they had lost before so they went just that little harder in the finals in the hustle plays, the x factor plays, thus clinching the spot. I’ve said it on here before and I’ll say it again, LBJ is overrated.
    Believe that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    These comments… sheeesh. On paper this, on paper that… statistics show blah… F**k that. Rondo has heart. Everything in this life is heart. Or as Tony Montana (greatest pf of all time) says, all a man has in this life, is his word and his balls. You got that?

  • Shifty

    Actually that was his view of point guard. He said his view may differ to others. He didn’t go out there and say look everyone should think my way is the best. His point of view of a great point guard.

  • Kadavour

    i do recall Rondo playing a game with a dislocated(?) elbow. dude is tough as nails. offense and defense

  • Omar

    …But Rondo doesn’t do anything better than Chris Paul.

  • Kadavour

    Rondo, Williams and Paul are all Tier 1 PGs. The other two athletic freaks tend to depend too much on that athleticism and it’s stifled the development of other skills. Rondo makes a good point about being the extension of his coach. When you think on it, dudes like Andre Miller, Nash, Kidd, even Parker rank higher than Rose and Westbrook in this regard. CP3 and Deron are the only two guys who can play on any team in any system and in any situation. If Rondo had a jumper (and a consistent FT shot) he’d be the best in the L (BY FAR).

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Rondo was the 4th best player on that team. Don’t act like he led them to that championship.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Rondo wasn’t in the conversation when the Celtics won that championship.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Different kind of injuries. Rose’s injuries that kept him from playing have all been to his legs. Same with Chris.

  • Comment_System

    don’t act like he didnt help either.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He helped but dude was talking as if Rondo was then who he is now. That can’t be used to try to make an argument for him being the best PG now. That was 5 seasons ago and he wasn’t close to being the player he is now.

  • Shifty

    How do you know how tough Derrick is? I have nothing against rose but how do you know he’s tougher? He hasn’t even played yet of his injury? Chris Paul has come back and played great don’t know what rose wi e like? I’m just saying becuase ur sounding as if rosé has been there and done that with the injury thing.

  • charliewinning

    I am saying he would have had a better season with Rose’s teams. I am saying he would have come closer than a near sweep to beating the Heat. (And no, I don’t need to read all comments before stating my opinion because there is no law written anywhere saying that I must). Rose is much more of a scorer, no one stated otherwise. Westbrook is too, so that doesn’t hold much weight with me given CP’s overall skillset. For whatever reason CP is a more reluctant scorer rather than an inferior scorer to Rose. You can’t doubt that when you watch him play. I’m not underrating Rose. He’s a fantastic player and point guard. He’s done amazing things in his short career, but I prefer CP… Sidebar: Rose isn’t a better finisher than Tony Parker. Just had to say that.

  • Shifty

    He has shot over 50 percent more times then Paul been to the playoffs more. And if you say it’s because of injury well rondo is better at stayin healthy. Cheeky responses I know but someone has gota do it

  • rainman

    lol exactly. He did some trickery there

  • Shifty

    Yeah he was. Phil Jackson said rondo contributed to it. Said his play in one of the games helped win that game for them. So when he gets mentioned by the beat coach ever I think he’s in some sort of conversation.

  • rainman

    Rondo got the ring in 08 when he was contributing close to nothing to the team…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    You’re right, there’s no law saying that you must read every comment. But it’s just the thing to do if you don’t want to make yourself sound stupid. Just like LeBron contained Rose, he would have contained Paul and probably better than he did Rose. CP is an inferior scorer to Rose because he can’t get to the basket as well as Rose can. That should be easy to see if you’ve watched them play. He has a better jumpshot but the layup is a much better shot and a higher percentage shot than a jumpshot. Tony Parker is a better finisher than Rose? Statements like that make me think that you haven’t watched Rose play in the past two seasons. He has made almost every layup imaginable and he can dunk over guys. There’s a reason why analysts have said that they’ve never seen a PG being able to finish at the basket like him. That includes Parker.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I didn’t say he was tougher. I showed that there’s no way to prove that Rondo is tougher than Rose or Paul.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Contributing is different than leading a team. Chalmers contributed last season with that 25 point game. So he’s the best PG now? See how crazy that sounds?

  • manu

    lmao…so chris paul…the guy who’s never made it past the 2nd round…the guy who just got dominated by tony parker (who has a finals mvp) in a sweep…the guy who has a career 0 victories against Derrick rose (who has an MVP)…this guy is the best PG in the league?

    wow…im gonna go crawl in a hole somewhere

    rondo, williams, rose, parker > paul

  • vtrobot

    Tony was def more of a SG, you fugging cockroach.

  • Caboose

    I’d say that’s more on teammates than injuries in terms of playoff success. And I can overlook Rondo’s shooting percentage because he just scores do little. Know who else has a crazy high percentage who barely shoots? Tyson Chandler. Except his FT% is higher than Rondo’s.

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