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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 12:00 pm  |  146 responses

Top 50: Rajon Rondo, no. 19

Rondo will be starting from the bottom when he returns from injury in ’13-14.

by Maurice Bobb / @ReeseReport

And then there was one.

Things are different now for Rajon Rondo. Way different. Like “holy crap is this team even the Boston Celtics anymore?” different. There’s the trade that gutted the former Champs, shipping away Paul Pierce’s daggerific shots and Kevin Garnett’s intimidating defense and impassioned leadership to the team in Jay Z’s borough.

But hey, that’s no sweat off of Rondo’s back.

I didn’t feel anything,” Rondo told the Boston Herald. “I actually landed in L.A. the night of the Draft and I got like 45 text messages coming through the phone. I thought I was traded. Paul and Kevin were traded, I actually talked to both of them, text messages, and I talked to them on the phone. It’s part of the business. It’s not the first teammates that I’ve been close to that have been traded away—(Kendrick Perkins)—it’s part of the process.”

Then there’s the defection of Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers. Yep, you read that right. The Clippers. So the coach who molded and shaped Rondo from a raw lump of Kentucky Wildcat clay took his Xs and Os to Lob City and Rondo will now be led by a baby-faced rookie NBA head coach.

What? Rondo worry?

“I give Doc a lot of credit,” Rondo told ESPN. “Doc was a great coach to play for. He was very hard on me, he helped me become the player I am today and I give him a lot of credit. But now he’s gone to L.A., that’s that.”

Oh, and to make things even more interesting, there’s the comeback. Rondo had surgery to repair his partially torn ACL back in February and likely won’t return to the court until December. Sure, he’s “participating” in practices, but that don’t mean diddly until he laces ‘em up when it counts. And even when he does return to action, he’s got a tough road ahead of him if he wants to Adrian Peterson his way back to the point guard everyone loves to watch in action.

Will he be as explosive as he was prior to the injury? Will he be as quick? Will he be as athletic? Will he still be able to slice up defenses in the lane like a hot Ginsu knife through butter? Will he still be able to whip passes all over the court as if the NBA regulation Spaulding were a tiny yoyo in his hands? With questions like these hanging over his head, he’ll be starting from the bottom like Drake when he makes his way back.

“I’m excited about the fresh start,” Rondo told ESPN. “I’m excited every year with each team, but for me to get back on the court, I just want to compete. I haven’t competed in a while, and I’m a very competitive player and a very competitive person. I miss being out there on the court with my teammates and helping them win.”

So when you total all that up and look at the pieces that will be around him this upcoming season, it’s pretty easy to figure out why this strong-willed point guard slips from his sweet No. 8 perch on last year’s list to his less-than-stellar No. 19 spot this year.

By all other accounts, though, Rondo lived up to his high billing last season. He went from 11.9 ppg to 13.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg to 5.6 rpg. His dimes stayed about the same (11.7 to 11.1) and his steals were a push at 1.8. The difference, though, was that it was clearly Rondo’s team last year and he stepped up to the challenge and took care of his business like EPMD, in spite of the team’s losing ways (20-23).

Before he went down on January 25 against the Atlanta Hawks, Rondo had elevated his field-goal percentage from 44 to 48 percent and racked up a League-leading 5 triple-dubs. What doesn’t look good on his resume, though, is the fact that Beantown had a better winning percentage (21-17) for the second half of the season without their fearless leader on the floor. Rondo racks up assists like it’s a bodily function, but he has to make sure he’s also making his team better and creating more shots for his teammates. With a band of journeymen suiting up alongside him this year, all eyes will be on his ability to “elevate” the play of his teammates.

Now that defenses will be more focused on him, he’s going to have to develop a more reliable jump shot from mid-range and the three-point line. And for the love of God, he has to sink his free throws. I mean, 64.5 percent from the charity stripe? What the eff is that about? We’ve all heard about the deficiencies in Rondo’s game before, but with the loss of two Hall of Famers that helped shoulder the burden, his glaring weaknesses will be shining on the parquet like the friggin’ North Star.

Additionally, Rondo will have to learn to take over in the fourth quarter like his top-tier peers on the ball. When it’s winning time, Chris Paul takes over and delivers in the clutch better than FedEx. Rondo, however, shies away from taking shots in the waning minutes and is afraid of shooting freebies with the game on the line. That has to change this year.

Call me crazy, but I think Rondo can make the leap. I can just hear ol’ Tommy Heinsohn now, yelling out “Rondo for the win!” at the top of his lungs as Rondo seals the deal on a sweet 18-footer. I can just see Brad Stevens jumping for joy until his glasses fall off after Rondo perfectly executes one of his signature plays to put his team up with no time left on the clock. That next level of superstardom is all there for the taking and if Rondo wants a spankin’ new max deal from Danny Ainge and, more importantly, a return to SLAM’s top 10, he’ll have to use his freakishly large hands to reach out and claim it.

Where should Rajon Rondo rank in the SLAM Top 50?

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SLAMonline Top 50 Players 2013
Rank Player Team Position Pos. Rank
50 Monta Ellis Mavs SG 5
49 Luol Deng Bulls SF 10
48 Ricky Rubio TWolves PG 14
47 Greg Monroe Pistons PF 12
46 Kawhi Leonard Spurs SF 9
45 Mike Conley Grizzlies PG 13
44 Al Jefferson Bobcats C 9
43 David Lee Warriors PF 11
42 Jrue Holiday Pelicans PG 12
41 Anthony Davis Pelicans PF 10
40 Joe Johnson Nets SG 4
39 Serge Ibaka Thunder PF 9
38 Kevin Garnett Nets PF 8
37 Rudy Gay Raptors SF 8
36 Paul Pierce Nets SF 7
35 Ty Lawson Nuggets PG 11
34 Pau Gasol Lakers PF 7
33 Al Horford Hawks C 8
32 Andre Iguodala Warriors SF 6
31 Brook Lopez Nets C 7
30 Zach Randolph Grizzlies PF 6
29 DeMarcus Cousins Kings C 6
28 Damian Lillard Blazers PG 10
27 Josh Smith Hawks SF 5
26 Joakim Noah Bulls C 5
25 Roy Hibbert Pacers C 4
24 John Wall Wizards PG 9
23 Chris Bosh Heat C 3
22 Tim Duncan Spurs PF 5
21 Dirk Nowitzki Mavs PF 4
20 LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers PF 3
19 Rajon Rondo Celtics PG 8

Rankings are based on expected contribution in ’13-14—to players’ team, the League and the game.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    good write up Maurice, always reliable on that front! i’m thinking he doesn’t play enough games this season to merit this high of a rating….but then again, i had him at 26 too….haha soooooo, my opinion here is a little bit broken.

  • shockexchange

    When healthy Rondo is a Top 10 player. However, the Celtics won’t be on the big stage anytime soon to allow him to showcase his “hunting skills.”

  • shockexchange

    When healthy Rondo is a Top 10 player. However, the Celtics won’t be on the big stage anytime soon to allow him to showcase his “hunting skills.”

  • LakeShow

    Along the same lines, when everyone else is healthy he’s not top 10.

  • LakeShow

    Along the same lines, when everyone else is healthy he’s not top 10.

  • LakeShow

    Along the same lines, when everyone else is healthy he’s not top 10.

  • LakeShow

    Rondo is a great PG, but his true talents come into play in the post season when he can exert full force and energy. He’s a top playoff performer.

    But the Celt’s won’t be in the playoffs this season, and maybe not for a while.

  • LakeShow

    Rondo is a great PG, but his true talents come into play in the post season when he can exert full force and energy. He’s a top playoff performer.

    But the Celt’s won’t be in the playoffs this season, and maybe not for a while.

  • Conor

    Normally I’d disagree with Nickname Generator, but Rondo has another gear which propels him easily into the top ten. The ways he dominates teams like Miami is simply not replicated.

  • Conor

    Normally I’d disagree with Nickname Generator, but Rondo has another gear which propels him easily into the top ten. The ways he dominates teams like Miami is simply not replicated.

  • Conor

    Normally I’d disagree with Nickname Generator, but Rondo has another gear which propels him easily into the top ten. The ways he dominates teams like Miami is simply not replicated.

  • LakeShow

    Not in the RS.

  • LakeShow

    Not in the RS.

  • LakeShow

    Not in the RS.

  • shockexchange

    Rondo has proven the ability to catch a rabbit. Some of those other guys you mention are “show dogs” at best. Gramma would leave them in the kennel. *Welp*

  • shockexchange

    Rondo has proven the ability to catch a rabbit. Some of those other guys you mention are “show dogs” at best. Gramma would leave them in the kennel. *Welp*

  • Shifty

    I can dig this ranking. People always talk about how bad a shooter he is, but his body is actually really un-proportioned. He has the same size hands as lebron’s apparently and a 7 foot wing span.You try hitting jumpers with those. In the end dude is a walking triple double and is a beast in the playoffs, he is one of the best rebounder’s for his position and is normally up there for fg% for his position. When healthy he is a sure lock in for top 10. It is just sad that my beloved celtics probably won’t be making the playoffs when he truly unleashes what he is capable of.

  • Shifty

    I can dig this ranking. People always talk about how bad a shooter he is, but his body is actually really un-proportioned. He has the same size hands as lebron’s apparently and a 7 foot wing span.You try hitting jumpers with those. In the end dude is a walking triple double and is a beast in the playoffs, he is one of the best rebounder’s for his position and is normally up there for fg% for his position. When healthy he is a sure lock in for top 10. It is just sad that my beloved celtics probably won’t be making the playoffs when he truly unleashes what he is capable of.

  • Shifty

    I can dig this ranking. People always talk about how bad a shooter he is, but his body is actually really un-proportioned. He has the same size hands as lebron’s apparently and a 7 foot wing span.You try hitting jumpers with those. In the end dude is a walking triple double and is a beast in the playoffs, he is one of the best rebounder’s for his position and is normally up there for fg% for his position. When healthy he is a sure lock in for top 10. It is just sad that my beloved celtics probably won’t be making the playoffs when he truly unleashes what he is capable of.

  • Shifty

    I can dig this ranking. People always talk about how bad a shooter he is, but his body is actually really un-proportioned. He has the same size hands as lebron’s apparently and a 7 foot wing span.You try hitting jumpers with those. In the end dude is a walking triple double and is a beast in the playoffs, he is one of the best rebounder’s for his position and is normally up there for fg% for his position. When healthy he is a sure lock in for top 10. It is just sad that my beloved celtics probably won’t be making the playoffs when he truly unleashes what he is capable of.

  • LakeShow

    So Rondo is a hunting dog because he won a chip with three Hall of famers, but Kobe isn’t because he played with one.

    The whirly-world-of-Shock continues….

  • LakeShow

    So Rondo is a hunting dog because he won a chip with three Hall of famers, but Kobe isn’t because he played with one.

    The whirly-world-of-Shock continues….

  • LakeShow

    So Rondo is a hunting dog because he won a chip with three Hall of famers, but Kobe isn’t because he played with one.

    The whirly-world-of-Shock continues….

  • LakeShow

    So Rondo is a hunting dog because he won a chip with three Hall of famers, but Kobe isn’t because he played with one.

    The whirly-world-of-Shock continues….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hoooooooooooooold on….
    .
    Rajon Rondo hasn’t been blessed with significantly more talent then the rest of the L?
    .
    He has never “caught a rabbit” in a situation any different then your boy Kobe Bryant.
    .
    Looks like Shock has run into a logical fallacy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hoooooooooooooold on….
    .
    Rajon Rondo hasn’t been blessed with significantly more talent then the rest of the L?
    .
    He has never “caught a rabbit” in a situation any different then your boy Kobe Bryant.
    .
    Looks like Shock has run into a logical fallacy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hoooooooooooooold on….
    .
    Rajon Rondo hasn’t been blessed with significantly more talent then the rest of the L?
    .
    He has never “caught a rabbit” in a situation any different then your boy Kobe Bryant.
    .
    Looks like Shock has run into a logical fallacy.

  • LakeShow

    I beat you by like 3 seconds lol…

  • LakeShow

    I beat you by like 3 seconds lol…

  • LakeShow

    I beat you by like 3 seconds lol…

  • LakeShow

    I beat you by like 3 seconds lol…

  • shockexchange

    The Celtics caught a rabbit because of Rondo. Shaq and Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum caught a rabbit and Horry Jr showed up to hog the limelight.

  • shockexchange

    The Celtics caught a rabbit because of Rondo. Shaq and Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum caught a rabbit and Horry Jr showed up to hog the limelight.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no, the Celtics caught a rabbit because of Allen/Pierce/Garnett. they didn’t catch jack sh*t once Rondo became their, “best” player. if he ever really was.

  • shockexchange

    Gramma would definitely take Rondo hunting. However, unless Shaq or Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time came along, she would leave Horry Jr in the kennel.

  • shockexchange

    Gramma would definitely take Rondo hunting. However, unless Shaq or Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time came along, she would leave Horry Jr in the kennel.

  • shockexchange

    Gramma would definitely take Rondo hunting. However, unless Shaq or Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time came along, she would leave Horry Jr in the kennel.

  • shockexchange

    Gramma would definitely take Rondo hunting. However, unless Shaq or Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time came along, she would leave Horry Jr in the kennel.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    too bad you are incapable on defending yourself. it would have been really entertaining to see you try and defend this point of view.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    too bad you are incapable on defending yourself. it would have been really entertaining to see you try and defend this point of view.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    too bad you are incapable on defending yourself. it would have been really entertaining to see you try and defend this point of view.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    too bad you are incapable on defending yourself. it would have been really entertaining to see you try and defend this point of view.

  • shockexchange

    After Shaq left, Gramma tried to take Horry Jr on a hunt and he refused, crying bout how (i) it was Bynum’s fault and (ii) he needed more help or was gon’ leave the farm. He’s been in the proverbial “dog house” ever since.

    Nobody disappoints Gramma. Sorry, THAT DOG DON’T HUNT!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and when Boston misses the playoffs and Rondo starts pining for better teammates?
    .
    so this is about how they act off the court. not on it.
    .
    in other words, Shocks “Gramma” watches TMZ, not the NBA. Just like her grandson?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i saw him put his foot in that hole, couldn’t resist.

  • Chubachuchi

    It’s going to be a long year for him

  • shockexchange

    Not the same scenario and you know that. It was Horry Jr who ran Shaq off anyway. The Lakers sans Shaq was still a playoff caliber team. The Celtics sans Doc, Ray Ray, Pierce and KG can’t compete. Some people have even accused the Celtics of tanking. Playing with “exceptionally more talent in the L” v. playing with no talent is not a conversation SE will entertain.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Lakers sans Shaq were not a playoff team……that’s why they missed the playoffs.

  • shockexchange

    Oh that’s right. They woulda been a playoff team assuming Horry Jr could hunt. SE’s bad.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe missed 16 games.
    .
    The team started Chris Mihm, Chucky Atikins, and Jumaine Jones. They were terrible, or as Shock calls it, “playing with no talent”
    .
    they weren’t a playoff team. you just have to know what you are talking about.
    .
    Shock, it’s ok, you are a hypocrite. despite it being on accident, it’s the way it is. Obviously you are still in the first stages of grief….
    .
    SHOCK & denial.

  • shockexchange

    That’s the deal Horry Jr bargained for when he ran Shaq off.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you do realize there is more to it then their relationship faltering right? i mean, yeah, ESPN created a story out of it, ignorant people like you and your “gramma” ate it all up like gullible feral cats do with catnip.
    .
    Shaq and Kobe were both due more than 20 million dollars a season. Given that the salary cap was barely above $50 million, it was not conceivable to pay both of them their “max” salaries and continue to compete.
    .
    which is the real reason LA hit reset. Which worked out pretty damn well.
    .
    Considering they won 2 titles after that…….which is as many as any other team in the same amount of time outside of Miami.
    .
    Looks like that dog more than hunts?
    .
    still in denial though, say another sh*tty analogy.

  • shockexchange

    Rondo wasn’t the best player on the team initially. As he became the best player the Celtics Big 3 were aging and their skills eroding. However, Rondo picked up the slack. When he put an aging Celtics team on his back and extended the Heat to 7 games in the ECF, he proved he was a Top 10 player.

    There was not way the Celtics were supposed to be able to compete with the Heat. Rondo was the difference.

  • LakeShow

    No he led them in scoring, and assisting, and was the leader of the team for Pau’s stint, and Co-Leader with Shaq, but option #2.

    Andrew Bynum averaged 6 points 4 rebounds and half a block against the Magic in the finals. You f*cking numbskull.

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr was beefing with Shaq and he wanted to be the “lead dog.” However, he never caught a rabbit until the Lakers were “gifted” Gasol. THAT DOG DON’T HUNT.

  • The Philosopher

    If Rondo can hit his free throws, they’ll be fine.
    He Has to make foul shots.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “gifted” Gasol?
    .
    that “gift” gave them the reigning defensive player of the year, and also freed up the cap space to give them Zach Randolph.
    .
    again, more ignorance showing you just believe what is shown on ESPN.
    .
    next?

  • LakeShow

    So Andrew Bynum IS a hunting dog is what your saying?

    ………………

    Ladies and gentle men… ****The Shock Exchange****!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and when LA took Phoenix to 7 games in 2006 and 2007? those Lakers weren’t supposed to be able to compete, Kobe was the difference.
    .
    next?

  • shockexchange

    This is way too much back and forth for a dog that don’t hunt. SE would rather keep the conversation on Rondo who has proven the ability to put a team on his back and ball outta control.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you spelt,

    “shock is not equipped to have an actual conversation about things that happened because shock simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about”

    wrong

  • shockexchange

    And after all the back and forth, the Shock Exchange stands corrected. When healthy, Rondo is not a Top 10 player. The fact that SLAM ranked him #8 the last time he was healthy is totally irrelevant. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ahhh cute, now the Shock Exchange is using past ranking to justify his argument….which is to prove that Kobe isn’t overrated. The same Kobe with multiple “#1′s” in SLAM’s top 50.
    .
    Shock once again, contradicts himself.

  • shockexchange

    When he’s surrounded by “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L,” Horry Jr is prolly [Edit: "considered"] the best play in the NBA. Otherwise, not so much.

    This year he’s not surrounded by “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L,” so he won’t be ranked #1. See the correlation?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh, so now he’s not overrated because he’s surrounded by “exceptionally more talent then the rest of the L” – but the “best player in the league” because of them.
    .
    well, doesn’t that contradict everything you’ve ever said.
    .
    what you have for me next?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    are you seeing this?

  • MUBWAR

    hey shock, a little less steven a. smith, a bit more David Aldridge’s morning tip.

  • MUBWAR

    that is dwight’s fault

  • ChosenOne

    Look, at the time, Gasol and Bynum were not the best at their positions at that time when they won their rings. Kobe was the leader regardless. The Mavs and Celtics had more talent (KG, Dirk) at the PF spot. The Magic had the best C in Howard.
    You see?
    Kobe never had the exceptional greater talent on his team in 09, 10.
    With Shaq, well even he called Kobe the “best player in the world” during that three-peat.

  • LakeShow

    Gasol never “hunted” till he was “gifted” Kobe…

  • Conor

    Yeah, I wrote a while ago that he’s the best Playoff player in the League.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    please don’t use quotes from Shaq to bolster your argument. he’s said that about every good wing he’s ever played with. And he argued vehemently that Brook Lopez was the best Center in the league, while criticizing Dwight because he didn’t average 15 rebounds….something Shaq never did himself, in an era of more available rebounds.

  • LakeShow

    Would you stop being so rude to SE.

    He’s going to put a bullet to his head if you keep throwing these new paradigms his way.

  • LakeShow

    What?
    Bynum was injured.

  • LakeShow

    I don’t agree with that, but he definitely elevates the most out of any player i’ve recently seen in the playoffs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol i don’t think his own words are new paradigms

  • Saleem Rainman

    On top of that he was far from as good back in 08 as he is now and has been the past few years…

  • swill

    he was looking pretty top 10 in 2010 when the celtics made that postseason run, and everyone was healthy then.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    revisionist history. everyone wants to take credit away from Kobe. wanna see something that pretty much kills all the “Kobe was carried by his teammates argument” i’ll show you regardless.

    .

    Here are Jordan’s playoff averages from 1996-98 when the Bulls won three championships:

    1996: 30.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.1 apg, .459 FG%, .403 3FG%, .818 FT%
    1997: 31.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, .456 FG%, .194 3FG%, .831 FT%
    1998: 32.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, .462 FG%, .302 3FG%, .812 FT%

    Here are Bryant’s playoff averages from 2008-10 when the Lakers made three straight trips to the Finals and won two championships:

    2008: 30.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.6 apg, .479 FG%, .302 3FG%, .809 FT%
    2009: 30.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.5 apg, .457 FG%, .349 3FG%, .883 FT%
    2010: 29.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.5 apg, .458 FG%, .374 3FG%, .842 FT%

  • shockexchange

    Nobody is taking credit away from Horry Jr. SE is on record saying (i) he’s a very good player and (ii) of the players from his era – A.I., Pierce, Vince Carter, KG, T-Mac, etc. – SE would place him in the middle of the pack. You can present evidence that there’s life on Mars while @lakeshow and @dagger big you up, but it won’t change anything.

  • ChosenOne

    True, I just felt like putting that in there. Of course, I understand Shaq is the king of outlandish statements (once said AI is top 5 all time seriously). But surely you agree with the above.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    shooting just takes work ethic. No excuses for professionals not having some form of a jump-shot.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah that’s why i said please don’t. you aren’t helping the credibility of your already correct comment. lol

  • ChosenOne

    Word. In that 2006 series, Kobe and the Lakers were 48 mins away from causing an upset over them Suns. He played phenomenally that series. This also gets overlooked.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Yes but that doesnt mean they won a ring “Because” of Rondo as u put it…go look up the stats and tell me Rondo was anyhing more than role player on that team. A solid one, but a role player nonetheless.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    SE would place him in the middle of the pack, without any actual reasoning.
    .
    there is nothing more to it then your own broken feelings. no logic, or rational thought. keep saying you aren’t taking credit away, while you constantly try to take credit away.
    .
    nobody is stupid enough to just believe words because you are typing them. people like reasoning and rational evidence that backs up an opinion. it’s why some opinions are respected, even when they are disagreed with….and others, aren’t.

  • LakeShow

    Wow, even I didn’t realize his averages were actually on par with MJ’s.

    I wonder what Shock’s true beef is with KB. It seems very, very, personal… It’s quite strange.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i had a feeling you hadn’t seen them put up next to each other like that.
    .
    yeah, whatever it is with Shock, it has nothing to do with basketball.

  • Ben Ireland

    Lebron shoots pretty well…

  • LakeShow

    The only one of those players that can possibly be thought of as “better” than KB, is KG.

    THE ONLY ONE.

    And the argument for KG is weak in many aspects.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what does his body being un-proportioned have to do with shooting? palease, enlighten me?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    just in the playoffs. Rondo doesn’t perform like that for 82 games plus playoffs. he elevates his game just in the playoffs. Considering you just saw Tim Duncan at #22, and Kevin Garnett at #38, the “playoffs” are not very high on the priority list.

  • Ben Ireland

    This is my favourite comment ever hahah

  • MUBWAR

    so being the #1 dime dropper in the league, top 5 in steals and the best rebounder in your position is only good the 8th best pg? shiit

  • Evan Boland

    Rondo and KG.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    like every great player, their failures are all about the result. how well they played is irrelevant. just like LeBron. who in teh years he lost (to Orlando/Boston) he was an absolute killer, but hey, he lost. so he was a choke artist.

    2009 ECF – LeBron James

    38.5ppg – 8.3rpg – 8.0apg – 1.2spg – 1.2bpg – .487fg%

    but he choked though. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he has a torn ACL dude

  • Evan Boland

    I’m loving you today.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol

  • ChosenOne

    Those are insane numbers… jeez.
    Anyway, as you said, it’s all about the result. This season could end up with the Celtics making the 8th spot in the East (unlikely, but hear me out) with Rondo playing out of his mind in the first round with 20/11/7 averages or something but get swept. If this does occur, the same old, “needs help” “can’t do it alone” will prop up in NBA circles. As the star on the team, he may get frustrated, or whatever… and the cycle continues. Happened with Wade, and happened for years with Pierce, and many other ‘stars.’
    … I think that made sense. Lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it makes sense. But Rondo is probably not coming back until 2014 (February), so let’s not assume Boston will do anything more than tank. Because that’s what they are doing.

  • shockexchange

    And for the first time in your life you are correct.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he will miss a bunch of games, maybe not regain his form, lost his best teammates, has to play under a rookie coach on a team that won’t be good. just too many question marks.

  • i_ball

    I really want to know if Horry senior is a hunting dog

  • swill

    all fair points. guess i should’ve said that he looked top 10 that year in my eyes, if not in the eyes of this list.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It’s a fair argument, I’m just trying to use whatever rationality goes into where these guys end up. Lol

  • Sérgio

    One time, the shockexchange and I went to lunch at his grandma’s house. Because we hadn’t told her that we would come over, she didn’t have anything to offer for us to
    eat.

    But then she decided that she would send her dogs to the forest nearby the catch some rabbits that she would gladly bake for our meal. So she showed her 2 dogs. One, her favorite, could do all the tricks: sit, lay down, roll, catch balls and sticks thrown in mid-air, pretend it is dead etc. The other was knew some tricks, but didn’t seem interested to perform them all the time. Because of that, she didn’t like this one as much as the other. Nevertheless, she opened the door, pointed at the woods and ordered to the 2 dogs: “Go get me some rabbits!”

    After half an hour, the least favorite dog entered the house with a giant rabbit, and gave it to shockexchange’s grandma. He then went back to the forest and brought a large rabbit, not as big as the first, but also huge. But he was not done yet, and made another trip and presented the old lady with another big rabbit, smaller than the second, but still big.

    And where was the other dog, her favorite? He spent 3 hours hunting, but came up empty and hurt. After all, his tricks were useless at the hunting time.

    Shockexchange, could you please tell everyone the name of the dogs?

  • Sérgio

    KG was and is awesome, but man, he can’t be thought as better than Kobe.

  • ian

    He already has improved his jumper drastically.

  • ian

    He also said in that interview yesterday that hes not worried about coming back like Adrian Peterson, he wants to come back like Rondo.

  • pposse

    “significantly more talent than the rest of the L” is a clear reference to dominating centers/PF. Ray Ray and Pierce don’t fit that mold.

  • BugEyes

    Who are the 2 lol?

  • shockexchange

    LMAO. *Cough* *Cough* *weez* weez* … the Shock Exchange is dead right now son. He can’t catch his breath after reading this. He won’t guess, but if you say Horry Jr caught a rabbit on his own, then the SE is through with you Sergio.

    Please don’t say the empty-mouthed dog was Rent-A-Center.

  • Sergio

    Hahahaha… Yeah, I could’ve said that.

    But dont you remember the names of you Grandma’s dogs? Well, the empty-mouthed one is called “Little Chris P.”, while the hunter is called “The Hondo Rondo”.

  • shockexchange

    Excellent analogy. That’s probably what Rondo is thinking every time someone ranks Chris “empty-mouthed” Paul ahead of him. LOL.

  • Kadavour

    beautiful read

  • Sergio

    Thanks for the appreciation. When you explained the concept of “huntimg dogs”, this was the first case that popped in my mind.

  • Kadavour

    dude, THEN = TIME; THAN = COMPARISON. you comment too much to be getting this wrong. you’re welcome.

  • shockexchange

    Chris Paul is going to be ranked pretty high on SLAM’s list. He hasn’t had to talent around him in the past that Rondo has. However, the Clippers are uber-talented this year and if they don’t perform, he’s going to have a lot to answer for. CP3 has the most potential to fall furthest down SLAM’s list next year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I know the difference in my head. Not in my fingers.

  • Conor

    You shut your fingers, sir.

  • Conor

    KG

  • W3

    He’s gonna be number 1 soon….. just watch

  • shockexchange

    Beautiful in a “Henry David Thoreau” sorta way.

  • Sergio

    Ohhh… I really appreciate your congratulations, guys. More fables will come.

  • King David

    OVERRATED

  • Pau Gasoft

    How is Marc Gasol better than Rajon?

  • Evan Boland

    8th best PG is still top 20, though. Though he is definitely better than some of the PG’s ranked above him. He’s a playoff performer, one of the best.

  • Mike From Spain

    Tell me no rabbits were hurt in the writing of this post…

  • Jake

    This may honestly be the worst ranking SLAM has ever done. I hate the Celtics with my whole being but Rondo is a top 10 NBA player. Why on earth would he be dropped this far? I understand that he’s coming back from injury but his age would indicate that he is going to come back full strength, so I can’t see the justification in a 19 ranking. Come on guys, you’re better than that. Sam the intern could have done a better job.

  • Sérgio

    Ohhh… I can assure you that “Little Chris P.” didn’t hurt any rabbit…

  • Max

    This is awesome haha.

  • Max

    KD has like a 10′ wing span and you don’t see him bricking his shots.

  • Max

    It’s time gramma starts to eat the SE because he got roasted.

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  • shockexchange

    What makes you think that? The fact that the guy only go “up votes” from Lakers stans. The Shock Exchange destroyed the arguments of this guy and his sorors at the same ____ time.

  • Max

    Nah the “up votes” mean nothing.
    You couldn’t make a good point for your argument in this whole post because everytime you tought you had something nbk and to some extend Lakeshow shot it down.
    = roasted.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange has a saying for moments like this – “Thy doth protest too much.”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he doesn’t get it though. it’s like beating up a child…….who is 20 years older than me. i am not proud.

  • Max

    How old is the SE actually?

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