Tim MacLean (@TimMacLean_)
Predicting what the 2013-14 campaign has in store for Rajon Rondo is a bit tricky. At this point in the offseason we still aren’t sure when he’ll be ready to suit up and, as recent as today, the Celtics still have “no timetable” for his return. But given the state of this team, Rondo should be in no rush to get back on the floor with his teammates even if he thinks he’s almost 100%.
Similar to Derrick Rose, Rondo should be with the mind set of fully recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in January of last season. The difference, though, is that Rondo’s Celtics aren’t contending for a title like Rose’s Bulls were. And because of that, the Celtics can afford to begin their rebuilding efforts without their star floor general.
With that said, I would expect to see Rondo make his season debut either in late December or at the turn of the calendar year. Until then, Rondo will continue to lead on the sideline during both games and practices as he began to do late last season. However, when the time comes for Rondo to go to battle, I think he’ll be the same, if not better, player he’s always been.
Although his assists numbers may decrease from what he’s used to, I truly believe Rondo will be a better scorer. Usually, when a player tears their ACL their jump shot improves due to the fact that shooting is all you can really do when you begin rehabbing. Of course, they’re more like set shots but nonetheless they help to develop a smoother and more consistent shooting stroke.
Overall I believe Rondo is more than ready to be the top dog in Beantown. Whether or not he takes advantage of this opportunity is completely up to him. If he becomes frustrated and proves to be a detriment to the team then Danny Ainge may have no choice but to move him prior to the trade deadline.
38.7 MPG, 16.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 9.1 APG, 48% FG, 34% 3-FG