Rajon Rondo Voted Worst NBA Newcomer; Other Current, Former Celtics Make List

by NESN Staff

August 25, 2015

Rajon Rondo isn’t exactly the most liked player in the NBA these days. At least not when it comes to the pundits and scribes.

The former Boston Celtics point guard was voted as the worst offseason addition by a panel of ESPN’s NBA writers. He signed with the Sacramento Kings after a tumultuous tenure with the Dallas Mavericks.

Those voting were asked to make three selections, with first place receiving five points, second place three points and third place one point.

Rondo received 15 first-place votes and 84 total points. The second-highest vote-getter on the list was Lance Stephenson, who joined the Los Angeles Clippers. He earned four first-place votes and 37 total points. Yikes.

Among Celtics players, Perry Jones (five points) was the only to make the list. Former Celtic Brandon Bass also received a vote. He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last month.

A few players with Celtics ties also made the “best newcomers” version of the list, too.

David Lee (acquired via trade from Golden State Warriors) and Amir Johnson (signed in free agency) each made the list. Lee earned three points and Johnson earned one.

Former Celtic Paul Pierce, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, earned the fourth-most points (behind LaMarcus Aldridge, Ty Lawson and Greg Monroe), while Kendrick Perkins also earned a vote.

Thumbnail photo via Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports Images

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