Rajon Rondo Put On A Show Vs The 76ers Like It Was The 2012 Playoffs
Unless you are a Pelicans fan (unlikely) or play fantasy basketball, you probably haven’t noticed that Rajon Rondo has quietly been having a nice December: he’s averaging 11.8 points, 11.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds compared to 4.8 points, 6.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in November.
On Sunday, the former roto league favorite put up a real nice stat line of 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with a season-highs of 18 assists and 5 steals in a win against the 76ers. He even added 2 boards, a three and a block. But the most shocking stat of the game (besides the Pelicans putting up 44 fourth quarter points) is he was 2-of-2 from the free throw line! How is a pair of free throws shocking? Rondo hasn’t attempted a free throw in 18 regular season games, which takes us back to the final month in his forgettable time in Chicago.
For the long-time Rondo fans (or 76ers fans), you might remember what a Boston Rondo did to the 76ers during the 2012 NBA Playoffs: He had 13 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds in GM1; 18 points (11 in the fourth), 10 boards, 10 assists with some big shots in GM7; And 13, 14, 15, 14 assists in between the two triple-doubles that tied him with Wilt Chamberlain for most postseason triple-doubles (9) in NBA history.
And here’s a nice compilation of some of his best ball fakes and impressive passes.