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Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo is better than Kobe

RedsArmyAdmin November 17, 2010 Uncategorized 12 Comments

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From ESPN.com Awards Watch

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

ESPN.com's Awards Watch is one of our favorite features, a weekly look at who might take home some hardware at season's end. Sure, it's virtually impossible to predict these things less than a month into the season, but with a 10-game sampling size for most teams, it's time to start making some educated guesses. 

Curator Maurice Brooks pegs Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo at No. 2 in the MVP voting, a lofty spot considering that only Paul Pierce flirted with the list last season (Boston's overall depth preventing anyone from making a serious charge at the league's top honor). 

Writes Brooks on Rondo: "If you are going to dominate in every other aspect of the game, you don't need a jumper to play at an All-NBA level. Nobody's better than Rondo right now at making teammates better." 

ESPN Boston: Rondo for MVP?

Hooray for inflammatory headlines!!  Where did I put my troll spray?  I'm gonna need it for this one.

Look, non-Celtics fans reading this post, I damn well realize that 10 games into the season is WAAAY too damn early to be having MVP discussions.  So save it.  However, I can already tell that there will be a bunch of comments left here without anyone reading.  What are you gonna do?

Let's take a brief look at Rondo's impact on the C's and why him being right behind CP3 is just about right. 

Going back to yesterday's statistical breakdown:  Of the 15.1 assists per game, three are three-pointers.  So he's directly responsible for 33 points a game just via the assist.  He's averaging just under 11 points (10.8) so we'll just round up and add that to the total… and we're up to 44 points a game he accounts for.  On top of that Rondo gets his teammates to the free throw line by setting them up for what would have been assists but they end up getting fouled… or they get an and-one.  I feel comfortable adding 5 points per game from the line (at least) that Rajon Rondo is directly responsible for.

The Celtics are scoring 101 points per game… and Rajon Rondo is directly responsible for about half of those points.  And now if only he could hit his free throws and knock down another shot or two… we'd be looking at Rondo generating 60% of the C's offense.  

Those are MVP numbers to me.  As for Kobe… he's always gonna be in the MVP mix.  The simple fact is that Pau Gasol has been their best player so far, though.  Kobe's coming off finger and knee surgery… and he's turned the corner in his career so he'll probably start to slow down soon.  So he'll have to work his way back into "Kobe" form.  If it wasn't for Pau, they wouldn't be 8-2.  So the rankings seem solid to me.    

On Page 2:  Our feelings on Delonte summed up quite nicely

He was a great player; a hard-nosed, ultra-competitive guy who any contender would be lucky to have. But up until this summer, West had priced himself out of Boston. As long as the Big 3 (and Rondo) was around, West couldn’t be. How often does a player return to a team that trades, anyway? We just assumed West was gone. 

But when he hit rock bottom this summer, there was only one place he could turn. Or, more accurately, there was only place which turned to him; one place that wanted to give him another chance. 

And that chance finally, and officially starts tonight.

It’s been almost four years now since West and I squared off in our PlayStation beat down. And since then, the young, optimistic and carefree 23-years-old I met that day has been through more than I could ever imagine; certainly more than I can do justice within this paragraph. 

Back then, I had hopes that Boston would be the place where West built his career. 

Now, I’ll settle for it being the place where he saves it.

CSNNE: Delonte West's career comes full circle

Not EVERYONE shares such fond thoughts of Delonte… but I couldn't agree with Rich Levine more here.  Go check out his piece.

And not only are we excited for the return of Delonte (which is great timing with Marquis Daniels missing the game to deal with a family issue)…. we're excited to revisit the trade that sent him out of town in the first place. 

Back in 2007, the C's packaged him, Wally Szczerbiak and Jeff Green for Ray Allen and Glen Davis.  With Delonte back now, the trade is really Wally and Green for Ray and Baby.  It still worked out very well for Seattle, now OKC, because they got a good player and, ultimately, cap flexibility.  Meanwhile, the C's have Ray, who is still great, and Baby, who is making a strong case for 6th man of the year.  

Great trade on both sides, really.  

But we're looking forward to Delonte's return.  Welcome back.

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Allen proves his game is more than long range  |  Perk shoots for a speedy recovery  |  ESPN Boston:  Delonte Rarin' to go  |  C's brace for no Daniels  |  Herald:  Big Baby stands his ground  |  Injury bug hits Jermaine O'Neal again  |  Globe: They're charged up about Baby's contribution  |  Baby stars in new children's book  |  MWDN:  Baby growing up for C's  

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  • Caterpillar from Italy

    Hey man, I love Celtics and I love your blog, but please take a break on Rondo! ;)

  • djisinthehall

    If I was to start a NBA team. Rondo is my number one pick.
    All he does is win. Where is that in the stat line? CP3? Whats his playoff record look like? Any jack ass can put up numbers, I am looking at you Chris Bosh.
    To me you can’t talk about Rondo enough, he is once in while type player
    and you better enjoy every minute that he is on the court because it guarentees a good basketball team. We will never see years like we did prior to him being in Boston. And for that alone, Rondo is the best celtic since Larry Bird. As good as Peirce is, he isn’t that type of player. Rondo makes every single guy on the court better, because of his style of play.
    Its a fact not an arguement and he is 5 years from his prime.

  • thetitleisours

    Bizarre when he think where and how he was drafted lol

  • Wootay

    I want D.west on the Banner now RedsArmy.com LOL!!!

  • Joseph 17-16 (it’s just a matter of time)

    HAHAHAHAHA! This article is just as bad as your Steve Nash retiring post. Absolutely pathetic.
    I’ll put in an end to this ridiculous debate.
    Last time I checked, Kobe guarded Rondo, during the Finals – you remember that championship series that the Suckdics LOST – and Kobe pretty much held him in check.
    Now, I know you want to blow Rondo for MVP, but the fact of the matter is, it’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen because he guys by the name of KG, Pierce, and Allen on his team.

  • Dutchgreen

    And we have a winner for the Laker Troll Award, November 2010 edition. Right on cue after being predicted in the post itself comes Joseph 17-should be 11 to do his trolly thing. Great! Just perfect – we don’t even need to insult you to make you look stupid today
    Btw. Pau was the MVP of that series and the Lakers so far this season. Kobe is starting to slide his way out of the league…

  • green8teen

    where ya been joseph?
    oh right, the lakers lost 2 games in a row. so you disappeared…

  • KY Celts fan

    Ba-dum-tshhh. (that’s a rimshot sound effect in case you didn’t get that)

  • djisinthehall

    Joseph 17-16 (it’s just a matter of time) said.
    WHat a thoughtful and insightful response fuckwad

  • Stan

    “It’s not going to happen because he guys by the name of KG, Pierce, and Allen on his team.” What is that suppose to mean? Learn to type properly before you attempt to “put in an end to this ridiculous debate”.

  • Classless

    Virtually impossible for Rondo to be the MVP considering a different Celtic steps up every night. I love him and believe he’s a top 3 pg, but lets give it a rest. His ineptitude at the free throw line pretty much disqualifies him as well.

  • lainok

    Look I’m a die hard laker fan, which makes it really hard to love Rondo’s game so much. I watch that guy and just have to pick my jaw up off the floor. The same could be same of Kobe, but in respect to the MVP race I would currently put Rondo at number 1. It’s not the “who is the best player overall” award. It’s the “Most Valuable Player” award. The Lakers aren’t winning any championships with out Kobe, but they are still better than all the other teams in the west without him. If the Celtics didn’t have this emergence from Rondo, then the age of the team would be more of an issue. But because of him, the big three don’t need to expend as much energy as they would normally have to do. He makes it easier, he makes the team better. I haven’t seen someone make a team better like that since Magic. I love my Lakers and it stings a bit, but the truth is Rondo is the reason Miami has no chance in the east and he is by far the most valuable player to his team in the NBA this year.