Whether it’s because of the long, bulb-like fingers, the always bugged out eyes or the general mastery of anything he damn well pleases, NBA point guard Rajon Rondo has always resembled ET. In other words, a uniquely strange extraterrestrial life form willing to assimilate to the human ways of pick and roll basketball and oversized shoe closets.
But let’s add some real stats to this story, notable numbers following a stellar college career at Kentucky that led to RR being drafted 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2006 NBA Draft, being traded to Boston and eventually winning the 2008 Championship with the Celtics. Rondo, while quickly climbing the ranks of NBA dish men, led the league in steals during the 2009–10 season, and assists during the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons.
With John Stockton and Steve Nash watching closely, Rondo took the league by storm with his pure, teammate-focused style of play. For years we admired his selfless approach as the elusively thrifty point guard racked up nonstop dimes and missed jump shots. It all came together for the other-wordly star when he nearly averaged a triple-double in the 2009 NBA Playoffs..
Since then we’ve had little time to ask questions and wonder why the former superstar, often mentioned as perhaps the best dimer in the league (years ago, relax), has seemingly disappeared.