The National Basketball Association is a league of made men. If you are not noted as one of the elite, you are just a complement to the other players on you squad. You haven’t truly reached greatness until you are identified as one who carries a team on his shoulders throughout the regular season and into the playoffs, ultimately lofting the championship trophy above your head. Then there are those that have the potential, display this potential daily, yet fail to receive the accolades that are deserved. Here lies the most underrated player that professional basketball has to offer; Rajon Rondo.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Rondo isn’t ging to give you 30-40 plus per game. He might not even make what some people consider the exclamation point in a deciding victory. What Rajon will deliver is what he provides more than any other player in the league. Consistency. Consistency is a rare factor that most have been unable to achieve. Sure, a Jeremy Lin might give you an all star performance once in a while. Mr. Kardashian out in Jersey might put up a double-double occasionally. What Rajon Rondo offers is much more than that. He offers much more than a league leading 5 triple doubles. He offers an opportunity. An opportunity, every night the Celtics touch the floor, to deliver a punishment to the other team that they were probably not expecting. That is the definition of a difference maker, and a player that is defined by greatness.
If David Stern were to grant me my own NBA team right now, today, I would select Rajon Rondo as my starting point guard without question. Some may select Russell Westbrook out of Oklahoma City, while others would prefer an MVP like Derrick Rose. I, on the other hand, would chose the most underrated player in the league. The true “big man” in Boston; Rajon Rondo.