|Posted by B-PAUL on October 31, 2009 at 5:38 PM|
Many people that follow the Celtics believe this is the year Rajon Rondo will break out and be an all-star. Some people are even starting to call the former "Big Three" the "Big Four". By now you know that Rondo is not a great scorer, he is good, but not great. Obviously being Celtics fans we would all love to see Rondo break out this year and make the all-star team, but is that really possible with 3 other possible All-Star's on the team? Dime Magazine does not think so, yesterday they released an article with six all-star hopefuls who will not make the team this year. Rondo was included in that list, this was their reasoning:
He’s proven to be just as invaluable to the Celtics as any of the Big Three, he deserves a long-term extension like Aldridge, and this will be the year everyone realizes Rondo is a star in the making. Just not an All-Star. Rondo can average close to a triple-double (with 2-plus steals on top of that), but he’s got a tough group of guards to crack in the East, not to mention three near All-Star locks on his own team.
I hate to say it, but I feel the same way about Rondo. Do I think he has the talent to be an all-star? Yes. Do I think he will get in the all-star game? No. The reason I say this is because of the other factors surrounding him. People outside of the "Celtics Circle" still doubt whether Rondo could be what he is without the Big Three. They have seen him night in and night out dish out 10-15 assist but wonder if he could do this on another team. Because this is a fan vote, I do not think he will get votes from other fans over guys like Harris and Rose, guys who average fifteen to twenty points a game and are the stars of their teams.
I just want to mention that I am not saying I will vote for Rose and Harris over Rondo, I am simply saying with all the circumstances I do not believe the NBA fans will vote Rondo into the all-star game. If it was up to me I would put Rondo as the second best point guard in the league behind Chris Paul. This is because I know what he does outside of the box score, and I know how he helps this team tremendously. I even put him as my most important player on the team in an earlier post.
Really it is early to start thinking about this, and honestly it doesn't really matter because we all know what the team's ultimate goal is. That is to win the NBA championship and raise banner eighteen. I am sure all the guys on the team would skip out on the all-star game to get a shot at playing for the championship.