Before Danny Ainge orders the 17th championship banner to lift to the Garden rafters, he might want to address the point guard position.
Currently, the Celtics plan on entering the season with Rajon Rondo at the point with Eddie House and second rounder Gabe Pruitt as backups.
I like Rondo, but he isn’t ready to lead a veteran-laden team to the second round of the playoffs, let alone an Eastern Conference Championship. Rondo is a great dribbler, a good passer and a good defender. The problem is he can’t shoot a lick. It got to the point last season that Celtics commentator Tommy Heinson went crazy when Rondo hit a mid-range jumper with nobody within 5 feet of him.
All I have heard is how with all the shooters on the Celtics, Rondo just has to worry about passing the ball. Unfortunately the NBA doesn’t work that way. When you have two guys on the court that can’t shoot a lick (I’m referring to Kendrick Perkins as well), defenses will find a way to shut your team down. It may not happen in the regular season but it will happen in the playoffs.
To his credit, rumor has it that Rondo has been working tirelessly on his jumper during the offseason. Hopefully, Rondo comes back this season able to hit a foul line jumper, but if not, where is the backup plan? Eddie House can’t dribble, and Pruitt hasn’t shown anything yet. Delonte West would have been a great fit for the remodeled Celtics with his smart play and ability to hit open shots. Unfortunately, he’s in a Sonics uniform.
With a limited window to win a championship, can the Celtics afford to bet the farm on Rondo?
So what do you all think? Can Rondo handle major minutes and lead the Celtics back to the playoffs?