Rajon Rondo has been a proverbial lightning rod. While he is undoubtedly among the league's elite Point Guards, He is often described as overrated, immature, and unsuitable for NBA leadership... but many of these criticisms suddenly stop once the Playoffs arrive.
In last night's Game 1 matchup against the red-hot Sixers, Rondo flexed his postseason muscle, leading the Celtics to victory, and putting up the following stat line:
PTS: 13 * AST: 17 * REB: 12 * STL: 4
In 6 games played in the 2012 Playoffs, Rondo has 5 Double-Doubles, 2 Triple-Doubles, and is averaging 16.2 PPG, 6.7 RPG, and 12.8 APG. In just his 6th NBA Season, he ranks 5th on the All-Time Playoff Triple-Double list with 8. Jason Kidd (11 in 16 years) is the only active player with more.
While the Celtics' Point Guard is worthy of his fair share of criticism such as his poor jump shot, free throw statistics, and emotional composure issues, the 26 year-old Rondo needs to be recognized as a playoff assassin.
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