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?
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.