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Rajon Rondo says MVP is ‘in the picture’ after 20-assist performance (VIDEO)

Nov 17, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo singlehandedly took apart the Toronto Raptors, dishing out 20 assists in Boston’s 107-89 win on Saturday. And actually, he thought he should have had more.

From A. Sherrod Blakely of

“He was actually mad about the 20 assists,” said teammate Courtney Lee. “He thought he could have gotten 30.”

It was the type of performance from Rondo that left his head coach and his teammates in amazement afterward, and one that caused Jason Terry, who led all scorers in this one with 20 points in 29 minutes, to say that his point guard should be in the MVP conversation.

“MVP is in the picture,” Rondo said. “I would like to be one day, but we’ve just got to keep winning. Who wouldn’t [want to] be? That’s a dream.”

It’s a very long season obviously, but if Rondo continues to dominate offensively and continues to rack up the assists at the rate he has, he’s absolutely right. He will be in the MVP picture.

  1. urodaddy07 - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    And rightly so. His influence on te game is greater than any other PG – for me the best PG in the league.

    • camnellum12 - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Have you heard of the Chris Paul guy? He carried a whole franchise in New Orleans on his back, and he also turned a laugh stock of a team into an instant playoff team…

  2. eugenesaxe - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    1-Kinda early for MVP talk, don’t you think?
    2-It’s Toronto. Calm down.

    • rexgrossman8 - Nov 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Kobe’s 81 point game against Toronto not a fan of your comment.

      • eugenesaxe - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Kobe’s not a fan of anything or anyone not named Kobe.

    • hehateme2 - Nov 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      He’s right…” it’s a dream.” Keep dreaming there rondo. The MVP belongs to Lebron

  3. warriors2533 - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    He gets no recognition

  4. misterdreamer119 - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Chris paul is better. His passing is slightly less but 3 pointers, jumper plus that little floater in the lane put him way ahead. Now Rondo better reabounder. Steals and defense.
    Do not say westbrook hes a 2 guard and williams is a good dribbler and shooter. Rose is another 2 guard another iverson.

  5. misterdreamer119 - Nov 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Top PGs – Paul, can shoot, pass, penetrate.
    Rondo- can pass, drive in, rebound, steals.
    Parker- can score, shoot, penetrate, pass.
    Williams- can shoot, dribble, score.

    Westbrook and Rose are great shooting guards diff position really. Rose is like Iverson, westbrook is like Wade.

  6. lakerluver - Nov 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    He is definitely an MVP candidate. He makes Boston go. I hate the C’s but Rondo’s one of my favorite players.

  7. jjordannba - Nov 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    This is the only remaining player in the league who can take over a game without scoring.

  8. lakerluver - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Not true. Hypothetically speaking, lets say D12 grabs 20 boards and blocks 10 shots, is that not taking over a game? And he’s more than capable of having a game like that.

    • jjordannba - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Ok how about this, Rajon Rondo is the only player who HAS taken over a game MULTIPLE times without scoring

  9. bozosforall - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Rondo is way too full of himself. Due needs to STHU.

    • andyhr17 - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      wow Bozo, haven’t heard much from you lately. How those Lakers doing?

      • bozosforall - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        Been here all week, angieho17. As for the Lakers, thy look just fine at 3-1 since Mike Brown got the boot.

        Boston still sucks even at full strength. Losing a laugher to the Pistons should force you to shut your yap.

  10. charlescub80 - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Oh, Rondo… Your such a clown.. Beep, beep, honk, honk!!!!

  11. dwirk - Nov 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    MVP talk in November? Rondo is a stud but lets get to thanksgiving first

  12. millerhour - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    He’s a clown. If Paul, Williams or rose had offensive firepower around them like he does they would have more assists than they do and still put up crazy points

  13. e39er - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Sorry but Rondo > CP3

  14. mrgoodbar216 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    As far as mvp talks go ive got two words for ya….. Lebron James! Whos more valuable to their team than he is to the heat? The answer is no one. Good luck Rondo but i dont see him beating lbj or even Kevin Durrant for that matter

  15. ryanmaxfield27 - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Rondo? MVP? Hahahaha a PG who doesn’t even get guarded on the perimeter because his shot is so bad will NEVER even be in the MVP running. Rondo is a diva, built like one and sounds like one.

  16. pantsfreezone - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Rondo isn’t even in the top 5 players in the running for MVP. And he wishes he was half as great as he thinks he is.

  17. damp1015 - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d take Rondo to be the PG on my team cause he is that good, however it is only mid-November and at most 10 games into an 82 game season. There are alot of people coming out of the gate early this season good. But the MVP is going to keep his name there into the playoffs too.

    And they don’t guard Rondo on the perimeter because of his known inability to shoot well, but that is improving.

    MVP talk, lets bring that up in February once half the season is almost complete.

    But in the end, Knicks!!!

  18. davidly - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    I guess this is in the picture, too.

    1) Memphis Grizzlies vs. 8) Utah Jazz
    2) San Antonio Spurs vs. 7) Dallas Mavericks
    3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6) Golden State Warriors
    4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 5) Minnesota Timberwolves

  19. kavika6 - Nov 18, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Could he possibly be more arrogant and egotistical?

    • j0esixpack - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Yes. But that would require him hogging the ball.

      The guy prides himself on setting OTHERS up to score. Too bad others in the league aren’t that “egotistical” – it’d be a much better game.

  20. pellypell - Nov 18, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    “Toot toot”. What’s that? Oh nothing, just the sound of Rondo’s own horn.

    • j0esixpack - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM


      Nothing says “selfish and self-centered” like 20 ASSISTS


  21. kelvinmchale - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    And this is exactly what’s wrong with the NBA today. Magic and Bird would not even acknowledge a question about the MVP race in their day.

  22. jhuck92 - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    He was my first pick for my fantasy team for a reason. Now I have people offering me trades for him, and with good reason.

  23. iamjimmyjack - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    As a laker fan, I have no problem voting rondo in to this all star game as a starter for the east. He is without a doubt the best passing point guard. If he develops into a shooter, he very well can win the MVP. But not until then.

  24. borderline1988 - Nov 18, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Calm down people. This was against the Raptors. Jose Calderon was guarding him, who’s probably the worst defending PG in the history of the league.

    Don’t get me wrong, Rondo is very good. He’s probably the 3rd best PG in the game behind Paul and Rose. He’s also a top-10 player in the league. But MVP? Not a chance…

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