…for former UK point guards. Sunday was an interesting day for current NBA PGs who used to call Lexington home, and while some had career highs, others had unfortunate career lows.
As you might have read yesterday, Rajon Rondo tore his ACL and is out for the season, leaving the Celtics in a bit of a bind. This is absolutely the worst time for him to get a season-ending injury, as he was playing the best basketball of his already solid career. While he was only averaging 13.7 points per game, which is still up a couple on his career average, he was distributing a whopping 11.1 assists per game, and was the only player in the league to be in double figures in that column. The great Chris Paul threw out 9.7 per game, good for a distant second place.
Not only that, but Rondo was slated to be a starter on the Eastern All-Star team in February, alongside Celtics teammate and Revolutionary War survivor Kevin Garnett. The NBA leader in triple-doubles, Rondo had taken what used to be a “Big Three” in Boston, and turned it into “Rondo’s Roadhouse” (which sounds like a movie I’d pay money to see). With Allen gone, and Garnett and Paul Pierce both getting pretty old, there was no doubt it was Rondo’s show now. But with him sidelined, this is likely the end of an era in Boston, and it’s possible that the Celtics could “blow up” the current roster and become very active on the trades before the deadline, or during the offseason.
Meanwhile, in Detroit, Brandon Knight scored a career-high 31 points in a win against Orlando, even though for whatever reason J.J. Reddick got most of the highlights in the ESPN recap. For that reason, I won’t link it here, but you’re welcome to check it out for yourself. Knight shot a blazing 75% from the field, including 5-8 from three. This might be the sort of game to turn a good young point guard into a great one, propelling the 1st Team All-Rookie player into talk for All-Star consideration.
Overall, several 1-guard Cats have found themselves in the elite NBA discussion recently. As a December SportsNation poll shows, at least three young Cats (Wall, Bledsoe, Knight), are among the league’s best young point guards:
It’s hard to say that their success “makes up” for Rondo’s injury for UK fans, but it at least helps. So while we wait for Rajon to get back in action next season, we can watch several other Cats as they improve and make a run at what Rondo has: elite status.
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