Is Rajon Rondo A Top 5 PG in the NBA?

 

Feb 5, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the hoop against Memphis Grizzlies forward Dante Cunningham (left) and small forward Rudy Gay (right) during the second half at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

When you think of a role for a basketball player, they are generally specific to their position, are they not? Centers rebound and get blocks, generally speaking.  Power Forwards get rebounds and are slashers.  Small Forwards are slashers and shooters. Shooting Guards are shooters. Then we come to the Point Guards.  Point guards are probably the most dynamic and vital position to a team; there are exceptions to this though.  They are expected to get assists, steals, manage the game and make free-throws. Who, then, are the best at being a point guard in the NBA?

Without question, you have to put Derrick Rose as the best point guard in the league. The next best is really no debate with Chris Paul. The next two spots can be interchanged with Steve Nash and Derren Williams. Then we come to the last spot in rounding out the top 5. Jeff Goodman from CBSSports.com and I disagree as to gets the last spot, it’s not like it really matters but it is a fun debate.

Here is Goddman’s top 5:

1. Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)

2. Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)

3. Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets)

4. Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns)

5. Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma Thunder)

 

Feb 23, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Goodman says Westbrook should get the last spot. Me?:

1. Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)

2. Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)

3. Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets)

4. Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns)

5. Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics)

 

I say Rondo should get the last spot, and not becasue I am a UK fan. Lets discuss…

 

There is no doubt Russell Westbrook is a phenamenal talent and one of the most electrifying players in the league. And no doubt he is one of the best point guards in the NBA, but top 5? Not to me he isn’t. Rajon Rondo right now has the spot over him.

If you have watched Rondo and Westbrook, you well know Westbrook is by far the better shooter. Possibly better at getting to the rim. Better PG? Nope. Rajon Rondo is better at running a team. What includes is keeping a calm attitude, setting his players up for better shots and being able to understand what needs to be done to win a game. Other things Rondo does better is, he is a better passer, plays defense better(which leads to more steals) and his assist to turnover ratio is definitely better. If you were to insert Rondo with the Thunder his assist averages would rise and possibly his scoring. Westbrook with Boston would lower his assist average but his scoring would go up. I guess my point is, Rondo is a PURE point guard, whereas Westbrook is less of one.

You choose, who is the better point guard?
Leave a comment and tell us who is better.
 

Topics: Jeff Goodman, Kentucky Basketball, NBA, Rajon Rondo, Rajon Rondo Celtics, Russell Westbrook, Russell Westbrook Thunder, Russell Westbrook UCLA, Tyler Cox

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