Around Boston, it is not uncommon to hear Rajon Rondo called a “top-five” point guard. In some cases, the Celtics’ floor general is even called the best point guard in the NBA, although that might be going a little too far for even Rondo’s biggest fans.
Sports Illustrated weighed in on the topic, as we did months ago, with an updated list of the top 10 point guards in the game. Rondo showed well among the game’s elite. Yet he was a little lower than many Celtics fans would put him.
Like three or four spots lower.
Rondo came in at No. 6 on SI’s list. He was behind Derrick Rose and Chris Paul, as well as Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook and up-and-comer Kyrie Irving of the Cavs. He edged out Stephen Curry, who edged his way into the top seven, and Deron Williams, who probably would have been in the top-five discussion a year ago.
Celtics fans will surely take issue with Rondo’s spot, but to borrow Larry Bird‘s remark from last summer about how the Dream Team would match up against the 2012 Olympic team, “Of course those guys are better than Rondo. They have two working ACLs.”