Rajon Rondo started his career in Boston, where he developed into one of the best point guards in the NBA.
After being traded to the Mavericks in 2015, the former Wildcat star has played for Sacramento and Chicago, losing his notoriety as one of the league’s best in the process.
Rondo signed with the New Orleans this offseason on a one-year, $3.3 million deal, but people aren’t sure what to make of it.
With Jrue Holiday signed on as the premier guard, what role will Rondo have? Will injuries slow him down like they have in the past? How much does the former Cat have left in the tank?
According to Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com, the seasoned vet hasn’t lost his touch in the slightest.
“Everybody was listening to him and getting in the right spots,” marveled Pelicans rookie wing Jalen Jones, a two-way contract signee. “That’s what you have to have at point guard, because if no one is listening to you, the team is all over the place.”
Veteran guard and former Celtic teammate E’Twaun Moore said Rondo gave him the tools and guidance to thrive in the NBA.
“From being around him, even though it was only one year, I learned a lot,” said Moore, who also gleaned pointers from Celtics veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. “It helped me throughout my career, going to other teams. Maybe if I had been in a different situation as a rookie, I might not have picked up as much as I did. It definitely helped me to stay in the NBA. I don’t know if I’d still be here.
Even former Kentucky star Darius Miller has noticed how much Rondo’s veteran leadership has helped not only his game, but the entire team.
“He pays attention to every little detail,” Miller said. “It’s crazy. I think that will be huge for the team, just his leadership. His experience is incredible — he’s played with some of the greatest guys, Hall of Famers, won a championship (in 2008, as a second-year pro). Him spreading that knowledge, teaching everybody and showing people how to play, what to do, where to be, is going to be huge.”
I don’t know about you all, but I’m all for a starting lineup of Rondo, Holiday, Miller, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins.