I Hate To Break It To You, Rondo Won't Be An All-Star

Posted by B-PAUL on October 31, 2009 at 5:38 PM

(Yahoo Sports)

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.

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Reply North Station Sports
10:55 PM on October 31, 2009 
I can't say I disagree with this post. I agree with it totally. Rondo's only hope is that the coaches vote in the bench guys on the all-star team. Remember back in the 80's four C's were on the team (and four lakers too).
Reply GreenBanner18
1:24 AM on November 1, 2009 
I don't know if I agree. I don't think he is a lock as an all star, but I also would not say "Rondo Won't Be an Allstar". He has the fan vote or the coaches vote to get in. Who is he really battling it out with? Realistically its Williams of Cleveland, and Nelson of Orlando. You say Rose and Harris. I say Harris won't even be in the top 3 on the fan ballot and will deff not be voted in from the coaches. He isn't a good point guard. Fan vote is for the most part strictly a popularity contest. I think Rondo is more popular than Rose at the moment. Therefore, Rondo may get in just by fan vote. Mostly, though, I think coaches understand the game. They understand the double-double stats Rondo will avg. as well as the intangibles he has that just disrupt an entire opponent. I personally got him going into the All Star game- although I would rather he not go in. I know after all that I dont want him in. Lets keep his ego down a little so we can give him a smaller contract and so he dont think he is the man and no one can tell him what to do. Face it- thats the mentality of young NBA players. Therefore- I HOPE everyone is WRONG and puts in Nelson and Rose.
Reply North Station Sports
5:50 AM on November 1, 2009 
I agree that being an all-star may not help Rondo's attitude. I would rather him not on the team.
Reply GreenBanner18
12:27 PM on November 1, 2009 
Deff- lets hope to keep him under the radar as much as possible haha.
Reply Ryan
12:44 PM on November 1, 2009 
So, you're saying Rondo won't get voted into the All-Star game by fans? Way to go out on a limb. Only 5 players get voted in by the fans, the rest are picked by the coaches. He has a legitimate chance this season, especially over guys like Harris and Rose. No sympathy votes for Mo Williams this year either and Rondo will be fine.
Reply B-PAUL
5:01 PM on November 1, 2009 
I'm saying given all the circumstances Rondo won't make the all-star game with the fan vote or the coaches choice. Alot of this has to do with how much the all-star game really means. You do not get home court advantage in the finals with a win, it means nothing. Given this fact I think the coaches, probably with the help of Mr. Stern are more likely to pick a guy from a team with less representitives, such as Harris in NJ. If the Big Three all make the all-star game plus Rondo 1/3 of the roster would be Celtics. I don't think the league wants that.
Reply Adam
1:34 AM on November 22, 2009 
Rondo won't be an All-Star because he's not an All-Star caliber basketball player... I love the Celtics, but I can't stand Rajon Rondo...