On Sunday morning, I asked for someone to research Rajon Rondo's shot selection (in the paint vs perimeter). Well… someone stepped up (Thanks John!).
A quick look at HoopData.com reveals the answer:
Rondo was taking 5.4 shots at the rim last year: This year, that number is down to 4.1.
From 16-23 feet, Rondo averaged 2.3 shots per game last year. This year, that number is up to 3.2.
He's even shying away from close-to-midrange. Rondo is taking 0.6 fewer shots from 3-9 feet, and 0.4 fewer shots from 10-15 feet. When was the last time you saw him take a floater?
So the numbers prove what we've all suspected – Rondo is not attacking the basket with the same veracity as last season.
The good news is… we caught a glimpse of the old Rondo last night.