Kilroy wrote:The only real thing that's been an low-key positive for him this season, outside of the last game, has been his shooting from 3.
Other than that... See the responses from before last night.
Need to see a few more games like last night before I call Rondo anything more than a deep bench option.
That said, on our team, he's 2nd or or 3rd PG... Because it's either him or Cook/daniels...
Last year .... This year = Defensive efficiencies year to date. To say he is not playing D is a bit of stretch by far. He's improved. Hell most the team has.
102.4 - 95.5 caruso
107.6 - 101.7 lebron
109.9 - 100.5 kuzma
110.1 - 102.9 davis
110.1 - 104.4 kcp
111.1 - 104.7 javale
112.3 - 100.9 rondo
And lets take it a step farther:
Lakers are a +9.3 w/Rondo on the floor this season.
The defense slips just slightly 104.9 vs 104.4. But the offense takes a jump to 114.1 from 112.5 (per 100 possessions).
Rondo w/LeBron this season: +17.7 versus Last season: -4.8
PRE-determined Narrative says what? MAybe just maybe Rondo is playing better, Bron is engaged, and Vogle having a guy like Kidd on his team to help them as opposed to Walton having no one to help direct the two of them helps
Icing on Cake: Rondo is shooting a career-high effective field goal percentage of 55.9% and draining his 3-point attempts at 50% clip (34 total attempts). Per Synergy, Rondo is in the 100th percentile in unguarded catch-and-shoot 3-point efficiency with 2.5 points per 100 possessions.
Thanks for the info. I'm sure some here have doubts about the validity/accuracy of defensive stats etc but I keep watching the past games and REALLY see if he gets torch by the player he is guarding and somehow I have trouble spotting them. It really gets complicated bec of a ton of picks being set from the perimeter etc too....
I again find it silly when some fans here try to make it as a Caruso vs Rondo debate when it's clear that they all have specific roles for the team. There are things that AC can provide esp the ability to switch and guard 3 positions including 6-8 SFs but he can't really facilitate like Rondo does.
Even tho Rondo plays great with Lebron now, I still think he is most needed to facilitate and set up the offense when James is resting. Kuzma has been up and down, mostly down but I really think after 10+ games with Rondo, Howard, AC and Green, this 5, would be good enough to hold the fort while Lebron and AD are resting.
The 4 man combo of Rondo, AC, Kuzma and Howard currently has a +17.6 net rating https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/r/rondora01/lineups/2020
, Vogel has been trying to put Daniels with them but I feel Green is more consistent plus he plays much better defense.
Hopefully Rondo can sustain his shooting accuracy and he can indeed play good defense.