If you are still in middle or high school, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen Rajon Rondo dunk (or stick with a team for more than one season) as a Bull, King or Mav. Although in 2015, he did have a surprising dunk by Carmelo Anthony while flirting with a triple-double (16/12/9) against the Knicks.
If you have been old enough to buy a drink for a few years, you probably remember Rondo the All-Star and Champion Celtic, who used to throw down on All-Star big men like Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh.
If you are old to remember when Rondo first came into the league then you might remember the Phoenix Suns drafting him and then shipping him, along with Brian Grant, to Boston for a future Cavs draft pick instead of keeping him and allowing him to learn from Steve Nash in the exciting D’Antonio Run N’ Gun system with Amar’e and Shawn Marion. That draft pick turned out to be Rudy Fernandez and the Suns traded him, before he ever played a minute with them, along with James Jones for cash. So the Suns traded Rondo, Grant, Jones and Fernandez for cash. If you are wondering how the Celtics ended up with the Cavs draft pick that turned into Rondo, they gave up Jiri Welsch!
If you are older than you care to admit, then you might remember Rondo reverse oop dunks at Kentucky or when he was embarrassing and disrespecting defenders at Oak Hill Academy.
So in honor of Rondo turning a year older today, let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember some of the best dunks of his basketball career and shake our heads one more time at the Cavs and Suns for making the trades that allowed Rondo to end up on the Celtics. .