Whether it’s because of the long, bulb-like fingers, the bugged out eyes, or the general mastery of anything he damn well tries, Rajon Rondo lookalike “E.T.” has always been a talented extra terrestrial species. Rondo, in other words, remains a uniquely strange extraterrestrial life form willing to acclimate to the human ways of pick and roll basketball and oversized shoe closets.
But let’s add some real stats to this story – notable numbers following a stellar college career at Kentucky that led Rondo to being drafted 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2006 NBA Draft, being traded to Boston, and eventually winning the 2008 Championship with the Celtics. Rajon Rondo, while quickly climbing the ranks of NBA dish men, led the league in steals during the 2009–10 season and assists during the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons.
With John Stockton and Steve Nash watching closely, the Rajon Rondo lookalike took the league by storm with his pure, teammate-focused style of play. For years we admired his selfless approach as the elusively thrifty point guard racked up dimes and missed jump shots. However, it all came together for the rising star when he nearly averaged a triple-double in the 2009 NBA Playoffs..
Since then, we’ve had little time to ask questions and wonder why the former supersta, not-too-long-ago mentioned as perhaps the best dimer in the league, has seemingly disappeared.