As we all know, Rajon Rondo isn’t much of a shooter. In fact, he is so much not a shooter that he often refuses to shoot even if a missed shot would be good for the Celtics. It’s not the biggest deal in the world, since he’s super great at making plays and getting the rest of his teammates shots, but his reluctance to shoot means he doesn’t score as much as he probably could, which is evidenced in last season’s scoring when he put up the lowest points per 36 minutes since his rookie year. He’s a unbelievable player, one of the best point guards in the league, but he’s not a scorer at this point in his career.

Of course, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t think he’s the best one-on-one player on the Celtics, because he totally does. From Dime Magazine:

Dime: If the Celtics held a 1-on-1 tournament, who would win?
RR: Probably me. I mean, we play a little 1-on-1 sometimes. Paul’s pretty good – he’s probably the best 1-on-1 player we have – ’cause he can score inside and outside, and he can check guards and bigs. So I could say Paul, or I could say I’d win.

Dime: What about a 1-on-1 tournament with just NBA point guards. Who wins?
RR: Me.

Dime: Okay, so who would you beat in the finals?
RR: Whoever gets there.

Sure, Rajon Rondo. That seems very likely. Defense is exactly one-half of the basketball game, so this makes sense. (This does not make sense.)

But I guess that is what happens when you are an NBA player, you have all the confidence in the world that you can beat everyone else at basketball. Even Derrick Rose, Deron Williams and Chris Paul in this mythical point guard one-on-one tournament. Even three Hall of Famers who have scored more than 21,000 points a piece in a game where it won’t matter that they are a combined 48 billion years old. Without that confidence that you are the best at what you do, you’ll never be the best at what you do. So this really does make sense that he’d say such a thing, even if no one agrees with him.

Of course, if this lockout continues, we’re probably going to find out if it’s true. Which it isn’t, but at least then we’ll know for sure.

Comments (14)

  1. Yup. Pierce would win oin the Cs… Prolly a top10 1-on-1 player even this late in his career.

    Rondo would get destroyed by any of the 3 best point guards in the L, the 3 you cited. Maybe by Nash too….

    Also, I’m now holding a count of every time you say “this makes sense”, as it seems to be as useful a catchephrase as “mama, there goes that man”. I’m pretty sure It’ll be in the hgh 20s next month.

  2. Also : I believe kobes would win a NBA 1-on-1 tournament.
    Can score off the bounce, in the post, or with range.
    Can guard 1-on-1.

    Who’d you have?

  3. If they had an NBA 1-on-1 tournament, the overall winner would be whoever is the biggest player who can also manage to keep possession of the ball while someone like Chris Paul tries to defend him. If you’re LeBron James, why wouldn’t you just post up all the smaller players and blow by all the bigger players?

  4. @Jeff

    Hummmm…. Because, hum… LeBron James has no post-up game?

  5. @Breyzh

    I agree, he doesn’t have much of a post game, but you don’t really need to be a skilled post scorer if you have THAT big of a size advantage. If you put LeBron 1 on 1 in the post with a 6’3 guard, I’ll put money on the fact he’ll either score or get fouled.

  6. Among point guards, as much as I love Rose, I think Chris Paul would win handily over any other PG and even most players in the League.

    All-around, Kobe does have the biggest repertoire of moves and can literally score in every single possible way. I wouldn’t forget about Wade either. Maybe Durant as well, who’s the best shooter among the league’s elite scorers, and also the longest.

    DAMN IT Stern, make it happen!

  7. If there were a 1-on-1 of the PG’S… I got Derrick Rose winning.

  8. I think Rondo is 100% right…I’m not being bias because I’m a Celtics fan…I’ll tell you like this unless your defense is letting him knock down the jump shot then I’m wrong but if you plan on guarding him on the perimeter he’s going to embarrass every player he mentioned because no one can keep him from driving to the basket…I believe he’s gonna eventually have a deadly perimeter game and if that happens over the next couple of seasons he’ll be the league MVP and the most dominant player ever next to MJ and Shaq.

  9. Beno i seriously hope you were being sarcastic. The stupidity of that post was mind boggling

  10. @Beno
    Hahahaha what are you saying?! xD

  11. @Daric, We need to talk one on one because you obviously can see into the future, because you said ……..”Beno i seriously hope you were being sarcastic. The stupidity of that post was mind boggling.” The Stupidity of YOUR Comment was mind boggling because you don’t have the first CLUE on how great Rondo will be…….he was in the MVP discussion this season………….so why not in the future………..because YOU say so…………..and who are YOU………..GOD, JESUS, or MS. CLEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I honestly think Rondo is right on him beating every PG in the NBA. He is the best defensive PG in the league so there is no problem there. However it would amazing to watch another PG guard another. All the best PG’s in this league got athleticism, speed, hops, and hangtime, which would be interesting. Rondo could blow by all his opponents (or atleast try to) and be able to do a fancy move at the rim so no one blocks him or contests it too much.

  13. LeBrons post up game is not his strong suit, and his moves ain’t pretty… but you don’t watch enough ball if you think he not effective down low.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game

  14. Melo has the best offensive game in the league….if its PGs only – Westbrook is my pick as he is super fast and can blow by all defenders and has a good mid-range game and is the best man – to – man defender of all PGs.

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