As the Celtics wrapped up their recent road trip with victories over the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers and the woeful Sacramento Kings, the cherry on top for Rajon Rondo was being named to this month’s NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles.
For Rondo, it’s his second straight selection and he’s bringing some friends with him. Fellow teammates Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were also selected by the NBA’s head coaches to play in the annual showdown featuring the best basketball players the NBA has to showcase.
Boston’s head coach Doc Rivers, who will be coaching the East squad thanks to the Celtics conference-best record of 37-11 will also be making the trek to Los Angeles.
"I'm going to play them all together," Rivers said Thursday. "That way I can run our offense in the All-Star Game. That'll be a first."
Although slowed by injuries after a red-hot start, Rondo has rounded into shape in a season that has seen him emerge as one of the elite point guards in the NBA.
He’s lead Boston’s veteran group of players thanks to his tenacious defense, impeccable court vision and ability to set up his teammates for easy baskets.
Rondo’s gaudy statistics and flair have fans and coaches alike buzzing about his play and making him a well-deserved selection.
Rajon Rondo Season Highlights
- On October 29th in a victory over the New York Knicks, Rondo recorded his tenth career triple double to the tune of 10 points, 10 rebounds and a whopping 24 assists
- Currently leading the NBA in assists per game with 12.5
- Set the NBA record for most assists through four games (67) previously held by John Stockton and Magic Johnson
- Ranks second in the NBA in steals per game with 2.46