Thursday , Aug , 02 , 2012 Matt Formica

Is Rajon Rondo the Best Point Guard in the League? He Says He Is..

Is Rajon Rondo the Best Point Guard in the League?  He Says He Is..

In a recent interview with French website BasketSession.com, Rajon Rondo said, "I think I am one of the best playmakers in the league.  I think I’m the best point guard in the league."

Hoospvibe’s Quick Call:  That’s a pretty bold statement.

No one questions the fact that Rondo is one of the top point guards in the league today and I completely agree with the first part of his statement.  He is definitely one of the best playmakers in the NBA.  He led the league in assists per game (11.7) and triple-doubles (6) this past season.  He averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on top of that.  He’s helped his team, the Boston Celtics, reach the playoffs for the last five years in a row and won a championship with Boston in 2008.

He’s obviously a playmaker and a great point guard.

But with high level of talent in today’s NBA, especially at the point guard position, is he really the absolute best???  I like the confidence he has, but I think it’s only fair to look at a few other premier point guards to see how they stack up against the self-proclaimed "best point guard in the league" today.

Tony Parker

Tony Parker averaged 18.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, and 2.9 apg this past season for the San Antonio Spurs.  Parker can do it all.  He can slice and dice through a defense better than anyone and he’s a terrific finisher at the rim.  He’s also a very reliable jump shooter and has won three championship rings, all with San Antonio.  (2003, 2005 and 2007)

Derrick Rose

Before going down with a season ending knee injury in this year’s playoffs, Chicago Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose, had an incredible year.  He averaged 21.8 points, 7.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game in the regular season.  He’s a phenomenal athlete and team player.  While Rose has yet to win a championship, many thought the Bulls would have won a ring this year had it not been for Rose’s injury.

Chris Paul

Many would argue that Paul, aka CP3, is in fact the league’s best point guard.  While the 27-year old Paul is still waiting to win his first title, he has an amazing basketball IQ and ability to find the open man.  He averaged 19.8 points, 9.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Clippers this past season.  He also averaged a mere 2.1 turnovers per game.

One could also make a case for Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook and Steve Nash.  Not to mention, there are rising stars like Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio who might also deserve to be in the best point guard discussion at some point in the near future.

So to say Rajon Rondo is one of the best is more than accurate.  But THE best is questionable.

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