Big trade news as the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks have completed a deal, sending former All-Star point guard and NBA champion Rajon Rondo to Texas. Rondo, who is leading the NBA in assists so far this season, is a bona-fide leader who will add great intangibles to a Mavericks team that has already played some exciting basketball after acquiring Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons for this campaign. Dallas is third in the league in point differential behind only the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, who are leading each conference respectively.
The Celtics receive Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks in exchange for Rondo.
Rondo has not been the same player during the last two seasons after having suffered a torn ACL in 2013, but has so far been healthy enough to play in 22 out of a possible 23 games for the Celtics.
Rondo should fit well into the Dallas system (hell, he’d probably fit into any team’s system) because of his ability to find teammates in the perfect position for easy baskets. Dallas is currently ranked 20th in defensive efficiency while Rondo is ranked in the top 15 in steals this season. This acquisition should give the Mavericks a great one-two punch with Rondo’s great perimeter defence and former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler’s high level interior defence. In terms of offensive improvement for the Mavericks, there isn’t much they need to do as they currently have the most efficient offense in the NBA. (Seriously, look it up!)
Rondo leads all guards in the NBA in rebounds, averaging 7.5 per game. For a guy that stands just over 6 feet, that’s pretty damn impressive. Dallas ranks in the bottom third of the NBA in rebounding rate, so the addition of Rondo should also help the Mavericks improve in that area.
This could very well be the move that contributes towards the Mavs making a push in the post-season in a stacked Western Conference. With a starting line-up that includes Chandler, future Hall-of-Famer Dirk Nowitzki, Parsons, Monta Ellis and Rondo, this Dallas team could provide fans some exciting basketball in the near future.
Just for fun, let’s take a trip down memory lane to the time Rondo attempted to infiltrate the Miami Heat huddle in 2011. This guy is a legend!