Rajon Rondo trails only the Miami Heat‘s Dwyane Wade in backcourt All-Star voting.
Wade has received 765,077 votes thus far, while Rondo has received 675,822 votes.
Rondo’s ahead of Deron Williams, Kyrie Irving, former Celtic Ray Allen, and a host of other Eastern Conference guards.
And he should be.
Rondo leads the league in assists by a heady margin with 11.6 per game, and his assist to turnover ratio (3.18) is better than anyone in the top 20 except for Chris Paul.
He’s developing more as a player, and while a lot of people are quick to point fingers for the Celtics struggles, few are pointing those fingers at Rondo.
Rondo’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is 18.69 this season, which is his highest since 2009-10, and only a tad lower than it was during the Celtics championship run in 2008-09. It is higher than what John Hollinger of ESPN predicted it would be for the season, as he forecasted a PER of 17.18 for the Kentucky product.
Rondo’s true shooting percentage is 53.2 percent, which again is as high as it has ever been, save the 08-09 season when he shot 54.3 percent as a TS%.
The only area in which Rondo is still wildly deficient is at the free throw line, but even that has been improved (we’ll take improvement as it comes, right?). Rondo is shooting a career high 64.7 percent from the line, and while that’s a pretty horrible career high, it is better than last seasons 59.7 percent.
His outside shot has looked better; he’s dishing the ball with acumen and skill…and the Celtics are plodding along at 14-17 and have lost eight of their last 10.
But no one is blaming Rondo.
Fans certainly aren’t, and he’ll likely be starting for the East in the All-Star game.