NBA, Video / May 8, 2009 / 2:15 pm

Rajon Rondo Is A Rising Superstar

Right now, Rajon Rondo could sponsor just about anything and it would make sense. Fast cars, fast trains, fast planes. Plus his Game Six performance against the Bulls (58 minutes, 19 assists, 0 turnovers) would make him a great choice for armored cars, insurance companies, and anyone who wants to promote efficiency.

But more than any other company out there, Red Bull and Rajon are a perfect match. Like the other athletes Rondo mentions who already signed on with the energy drink – Reggie Bush, Shaun White and Devin Hester – Rondo has had a moment in the sun in which he proved to be even better than anyone imagined. Think about each one of those other guys – everyone knew who they were, and thought they were pretty good. And then all of a sudden, each guy exploded to another level. Bush saved USC from defeat at the hands of Fresno State with a 294-yard, 2-TD performance to extend the Trojans to 11-0. Hester built a name for himself during his rookie season (2006), running back 3 punts for TD’s. But in ’07, with every team in the League knowing of his prowess, he went totally haywire, returning 4 punts and 2 kickoffs for TD’s for a total of 1,585 yards. And White went from being the dude that everyone knew as “The Flying Tomato” to winning like 14 gold medals at the X Games.

Rondo was really solid during the Celtics’ championship run last year. But this year he’s gone to a completely different level. Four days ago, we said that he’s been the eighth best player in the playoffs thus far. And since then, his rank has only gone up. He’s taken over Jason Kidd‘s title as the point guard most likely to record a triple-double in the entire League.

Who else has gone from being an above-average player to being a borderline elite player as quickly as Rondo?

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  • AirJustinn

    I wouldn’t go so far to say Rondo has completely taken over J-Kidd’s title. He’s gettin it done – I aint gonna lie – but he still has much to prove, especially for whenever the whole team is together again.

  • dk

    Yup, he is, and thats why he is on both my dynasty teams and I have suffered through all the shit talk, and now I, reap the rewards..

  • G

    Milsap, Al Jefferson, Monta Ellis, Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, Turkoglu, Kevin Martin, John Salmons

  • BR

    By above average, do you mean starter talent?

    And the real question is…will Rondo be able to carry his playoff success over to next season, WITH KG in the lineup?

    I personally think he will, but a few people I know seem to think he won’t…

  • BR

    @ G

    Could Granger and T-Mac be on that list?

  • @

    Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Both were seen as “above-average” coming out of college, and became almost instant superstars.

  • srb

    i like the girls at the end of the video

    also i like Rondo

  • Gerard

    Is it just me or does he look like Eddy Curry-lite

  • QQ

    I hate Rondo because he is a goon, but kid can BALL.

    He was the only Celtic who was playing with heart in the first half of Game 3. I really think he is a rising star(but NOT a superstar yet, come on). But, oh well, the Magic still dismantled the Celtics so I’m not worrying about this ‘star’.