In Response to Re: Is Rondo Hurting Team with his Assist Only Thought Process?
[QUOTE]FACT! Rondo is the WORST foul shooting guard in Celtic History. That is a great claim to Fame. Especially when he has, Ray Allen, one of the best in NBA history to help him. Ouch! He hurts the team by not drawing fouls on the other team. He doesn't get players in foul trouble. Westbrooke get 7.8 foul shots a game. Deron Williams gets 7.4 shots. Derrick Rose gets 5.0. Chris Paul gets 4.8. Rondo gets less than 2 shots a game. Try checking all Rondo's stats against the others. Like Rebounding, Steals, T/O's, Scoring. Give credit when he is far superior, and be critical when he is the worst. It is called being Fair. He is heck of a ballplayer with warts, not acne.
Posted by CaptChris[/QUOTE]
The Rondo-ites or the Rondophelias or whatever they are called ignore the warts and think that the positives outweigh the negatives.
Rondo creates what I would call a dysfunctional yet successful team. The team, Doc, Danny, etc. allow Rondo's ineptitude in some of the most basic fundamental aspects of the game make some fans / posters / bloggers want to worship on Rondo's m ember.....
They love to use the "pass first" point guard praise / excuse - hey look at me I am a very good passer and the worst shooter in the league at any position and as a "pass first" point guard I make Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Monta Ellis, Baron Davis, Derrick Rose, Jameer Nelson, Mike Bibby, Devin Harris, Arron Brooks, Jason Kidd, Tyreke Evans, Beno Udrih, Jonny Flynn, Raymond Felton, and a whole bunch of others look really bad - because it is really, really bad to be able to shoot and actually participate in the offensive flow of the game instead of pounding the ball into the floor until I am assured an assist and then one someone makes an extra pass I am a little crybaby because we scored but I didn't get the assist.
After I pass I run and hide in the corner hoping the ball never cycles back to me but I call for the ball and the rest of my team laughs knowing that once I have given up the ball I am no longer part of the offense unless of course someone is in need of adding rebounds to their stat line. The other night I made a 3 and a jumper - wow... I had 18 points and 13 assists.... starting to sound like I had an average Westbrook night..... I think the other night he had 30 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, 5 steals, and 4 blocks.......maybe I should be an all-star.....
I have often posted that Rondo costs the offense at least 3 or 4 points per game compared to actual legitimately good point guards at the line. What I read is that I am an idiot who does not know what he is talking about and how Rose is a gunner and would, somehow, hurt the Celtics. Someone finally pointed out statistically what Rondo costs them at the line and I appreciate that.
There is always the idea that Rondo somehow is perfect for this team - this comes from posters / fans / bloggers who think that it is somehow better to have a less talented, less complete player, playing at one of the most important positions.
Put the other starting 4 under truth serum and they can come up with a dozen point guards who make them better or no worse off.
Instead what we have is an egomaniac who steals the ball, due to athleticism, and then passes up a layup for fear of missing but in pride of making an assist.
Give me any number of other point guards and the Cs are no worse off and I believe if you asked their coach who was a point guard, the other starting 4 guys, and a whole bunch of objective fans and you would find that Rondo would not be the guy running this team.
Rondo bested DJ Augustin, give Augustin Pierce, Allen, Shaq, etc. and Augustin would have the same succes and oh by the way, he would make 90% from the line, 40% from 3, and be a key part of the offense as opposed to the single last option calling for the ball in the half court set.
I heard a so-called expert discussing the Brady vs. Vick MVP issue and the guy said if the Pats did not have Brady and were left with Hoyer, they would be a lot worse if the Eagles lost Vick but were left with Kolb. I was stunned because that is not even remotely close to what the argument is.
If you traded Brady for Vick what would the outcome be, not what would the back ups do.
Given that, if you traded Rondo for at least a dozen other guys, who do not play with 4 guys who are going to the hall of fame on the very first ballot, how much better would the Celtics be?
Give me Rose, Steph Curry, Monta Ellis, Tyreke Evans, Baron Davis, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Jameer Nelson, Devin Harris, Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Chauncy Billups, Tony Parker, and a whole bunch of others and the Cs are no worse and obviously in a lot of cases a lot better......
As I said in my first post on this subject, it is not an "assist first thought process".... it is "I am the worst shooter in the league and coincidentally I have some of the greatest shooters and scorers in the history of the league and therefore I will get assists" thought process.
For Rondo it is not a matter of getting assists first, it is getting assists first because he cannot do what many of the average point guards view as their fundamental responsibility.
Just try to imagine if the Cs had Arenas where getting to the rim was a routine simple thing and making 3s and 15 footers was just an afterthought - somehow with the idiot Rondo-ites, Rondo-phelias this would be a bad thing - how dare the point guard actually participate in the offense? Oh my goodness what was Rondo thinking taking a shot from 2 feet away when he had Ray checking in at the scorers table.
Rondo is not even the 6th best point guard in the western conference let alone one of the elite of the league.
Hurting the team - give the BIG 3 some truth (troof) serum and you would find that they would welcome all of the guys that I have mentioned in this post with open arms.