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Don’t look now but Rajon Rondo has a steady three point shot

Mar 5, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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Last season before his injury, Rajon Rondo shot 24 percent from three. The season before that 23.8 percent. Before that 23.3 percent. His career high season was 31.3.

Until now — Rondo is taking more than twice as many as he has before and his hitting a very respectable 36.4 percent of them this season. He’s not consistent from everywhere on the court — he’s 5-of-20 from the right side — but he is 6-of-11 from straight on and is shooting the ball with confidence from the spots he likes.

When Rondo was out with his ACL injury reworking his mechanics and becoming a three-point threat was a goal, something coach Brad Stevens talked about with the Boston Herald.

“Ultimately you never know how that’s going to work itself out, but that was kind of part of the big picture plan is using that rehab time to spend even more time shooting the ball,” the Celtics coach said of Rondo’s time on the way back from ACL surgery. “That’s the one thing that’s been pretty consistent since he’s gotten back is his outside shooting, both from long 2 and from 3. And I think that all the time that he’s put in is paying itself off.

“I think he’s put in a lot of time on his own, I think he’s put in a lot of time with (assistant coach) Ron Adams, and it’s good to see that because when you work at it, you want to be rewarded for it. So it’s good to see that ball going in for him.”

Rondo was always a dangerous playmaker with great vision, but teams played off him and tried to cut off passing lanes, daring him to shoot.

His overall shooting percentage and his true shooting percentage are down this season because he is struggling to finish inside (shooting just 39.5 percent inside 8 feet). However, he is shooting a solid 47.5 percent from the midrange to go with his improved three point shooting. Eventually he will get his touch back around the rim.

Which means wherever he is playing next season (and the one after that) he will be a much more dangerous, complete offensive player than before.

  1. rtwoj - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM


    Thats umm… that’s funny.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    That’s a potential game changer. Don’t want to overstate but man, watching guys like Kobe play in the paint when he was standing on the 3 line was embarrassing.

    Can’t wait to see it in person tonight!

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I always said if Rondo could develop a somewhat consistent mid-range game and respectable 3 pt shot, he can be the best PG in the league.

    His physical tools allow him to be a ball hawk along with his elite vision. A jumper would make him unguardable.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      That’s what’s so tough about gauging his next contract. He could be a max guy pretty easy but can he put it all together?

      • casualcommenter - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Agreed. Another issue is the difference between “National TV Rondo” and “Regular Season Rondo,” as Bill Simmons puts it.

        He’s a guy who could put up 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists in a nationally televised game against the Heat one week, then finish with 6 points 4 rebounds, and 9 assists against the Charlotte Bobcats the next week in a Celtic loss.

        You’d like a franchise cornerstone guy to be a little more consistent than that, and he has the skill to be more consistent.

    • pharohislife - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      He’s already been the best PLAYOFF Point Guard in the League, but yea I agree with you. No doubt adding a consistent jump shot to his game not only possibly makes him the Best Point Guard in the league but also one of the Best Players in the League.

      • spursareold - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        While I agree that CP3 is a playoff bum, Tony Parker just stopped by to say hello.

      • pharohislife - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        No Doubt Rondo and Parker both. You can’t really put any other above them in my opinion.

      • moseskkim - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        spurs are old: cp3 is not a playoff bum. hes still young. his supporting cast was really young and inexperienced. griffin got timid and theres no lobs in the playoffs so deandre was useless. biggest point: vinny del negro is a horrible coach. had cp3 iso all 4th quarter instead of running plays with player movement. sure cp3 is talented enough to come out on top on some matchups but put a long iguodala/sefolosha type on him and he would struggle. with doc rivers, its not a guarantee that the clippers will do well but i wouldnt count them out getting to the conference finals and beyond. if not this year, next year more improvement from griffin/jordan/cp3 and skys the limit.

        rondo performed great.. but he had hall of famers KG, PP, Ray
        parker performed more amazing (imo)..he also had ginobili, duncan, solid role players.
        all 3 are great players, just dont see why cp3 gets so much flak when his supporting cast and coach were subpar

        theres a reason why coach pop and rivers are considered great coaches and VDN is currently not coaching nba

    • thefreaksfg - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Other players have had more success without a good jump shot. Also, while no threat of a shot may hurt him, his efficiency benefits from basically taking ~11 shots per game with the vast majority coming at the rim. If he had a better jump shot and took more shots, his efficiency would be lower with his usage likely rising.

      He would conceivably be a better player with a jump shot, but all the numbers people use to currently praise him (~48% FG%, ~10 AST/PG) would go down. 11 PG’s this season have higher PER’s than Rondo’s best season, and they all have much higher usage rates. Rondo is a nice player to have, but he’s also gotten a lot of credit for success on a team that was carried by defense (KG). The Celtics’ only great offensive year with Rondo was when he was the 4th best player on the team.

      If you accept Rondo for who he is– probably in the 7-10 range of all PG’s– then I have no argument about him. But saying that he could become the best point guard just based on adding a decent jump shot is wishful thinking, because other PG’s already are better or as good at the things he’s actually good at.

  4. supremekingz - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    This is really to be expected. People forget Jordan came back after injury with an improved jump shot. People also say Derrick Rose will return with an improved jump shot. When you’re injured, about the only thing you can do is shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. I would have been disgusted if Rondo came back any different

  5. pharohislife - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Serious question as well. With all the Point Guards healthy, Derrick Rose, Westbrook, Dwill etc. Where do people feel Rondo ranks among the other Top Point Guards in the League? In a Top 10 List.

    • unxpexted1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      when helathy i would say top 3

  6. calkinsrob - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Well I have a little man crush on Rondo. Id rank him below CP3, and because hes still recovering from this injury – Rose and Westbrook, but above everyone else. I think when healthy its him and CP3 as the best PGs in the league.

  7. 1forest1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Now opponents are going to have to at least respect his jumper, should create a lot of other opportunities.

  8. rajonyoufast - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Worse players have been given the max (Gay, Hibbert). Even without the jump shot if he stayed healthy and returned to form around the rim he would get a max somewhere. The jump shot is a tantalizing bonus that could really round out his game, hopefully he develops it into a consistent threat.

  9. kingperk123 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Rondo is the best POINT GAURD IN THE NBA POINT BLANK cp3 ant even close

  10. supremekingz - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Chris Paul is the best point guard in the league. Tony Parker is ALWAYS overlooked, and then it’s the Westbrook/Derrick Rose and then Rondo.

  11. kingperk123 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Why derrick rose???why chris paul??? Ok i get tony paker. what makes them two better than rondo????

  12. ryanaammess - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Whos Brad Davis?

  13. thefreaksfg - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    This is called making a story out of nothing. He’s taken 44 three point shots. If he misses 2 or 4 of the 16 he’s made, he drops to 31% or 27% respectively. He’s taken 355 in his career and made 25%. I’ll take that sample. I don’t have the numbers for his mid range shot, but being as how he’s taken 128 2-pt shots, it’s safe to presume that’s also a very small sample.

    A player can improve their jump shot, but to think that a player can go from miserably awful to great at shooting is wishful thinking.

  14. mattyheisman - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I was thinking the same thing about how small of a sample size they were going off of,thanks for the numbers. Maybe if he shoots like this for an entire year you can talk about him improving but it seems like the article is ignoring 7-8 years of terrible shooting. And I mean god awful

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