Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional bola keranjang player who plays point guard for the Boston Celtics of the National bola keranjang Association (NBA). Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Rondo attended Eastern High School and Oak bukit Academy for his high-school bola keranjang career, before receiving a scholarship from the universiti of Kentucky. He played for two years at Kentucky before declaring for the 2006 NBA Draft, represented sejak agent Bill Duffy.

During the draft, Rondo was selected 21st keseluruhan sejak the Phoenix Suns, and was subsequently traded to the Boston Celtics, where he made his NBA debut as a rookie during the 2006–07 season. He played a supporting role before he established himself as the starting point guard for the Celtics during the 2007–08 season. That season, Rondo earned his first NBA Championship, playing alongside All-Stars Kevin Garnett, ray Allen and Paul Pierce. His breakout performance came during the 2009 NBA Playoffs, helping his team to the saat round.[1]

* 1 Early life
* 2 College career
* 3 NBA career
o 3.1 2006 NBA Draft
o 3.2 Rookie season
o 3.3 2007–08 season
o 3.4 2008–09 season
o 3.5 2009–10 season
* 4 NBA career statistics
o 4.1 Regular season
o 4.2 Playoffs
* 5 Awards and honors
* 6 References
* 7 External links

Early life

Rondo was born on February 22, 1986 in Louisville, Kentucky to Amber Rondo.[2] He has three siblings: Dymon, William and Anton.[3] He had little contact with his father, who left his family when he was seven years old.[3] To support the family, his mother worked the third shift at Philip Morris USA, a tobacco company.[3] Rondo was first interested in football, before his mother steered him towards bola keranjang because she felt that the sport would be less punishing on his skinny frame.[3] After Rondo became serious about basketball, he attended Louisville's Eastern High School for three years where he played under head coach Doug Bibby. During his junior tahun at Eastern High School, he averaged 27.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists which earned him earned a spot on the All-State honors and was named the 7th Region Player of the Year. He transferred to Virginia's Oak bukit Academy for his senior tahun where he averaged 21.0 points per game (ppg), 3.0 rebounds per game (rpg) and 12.0 assists per game (apg) and finished the 2003-04 season with a 38-0 record.[4] In his senior tahun at Oak bukit Academy, Rondo broke Jeff McInnis single-season school record of 303 assists, while averaging a double-double. There, he included two efforts of 27 assists and a single-game school record of 31, merely four away from the all-time national record.[4] He also had a 55 point game in high-school, saat highest all-time in Oak bukit Academy, surpassed only sejak Calvin Duncan with 61.[5] Rondo was named to the McDonald's All-American Team in 2004 and scored a total of 14 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in the all-star game. He also participated in the 2004 Jordan Capital Classic game, logging 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. He ended his career as Oak bukit Academy's all-time assists leader in a single season with 494 assists, surpassing Jeff McInnis.[6]
College career

Rondo committed to universiti of Kentucky over hometown universiti of Louisville, who spurned Rondo in favor of the higher-rated Sebastian Telfair.[7] Rondo, along with All-Americans Joe Crawford and Randolph Morris, gave Kentucky the tertinggi recruiting class for 2004 according to Rivals.com.[8] Rondo led Kentucky to several wins including clutch-shot victories against the universiti of Louisville, South Carolina and Central Florida, but Kentucky failed to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in either Rondo's freshman atau sophomore seasons. He was named to the SEC All-Freshmen Team.[9] He set a Kentucky Wildcats record for most steals in single-season, with a total of 87 steals in his freshman tahun and made at least one steal in every game.[10] He finished his freshman tahun at Kentucky averaging 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals.[11]

In his sophomore tahun he had a career high 12 assists against Ole Miss, despite playing just 23 minutes, and 25 points against Louisville.[12] Rondo also set another Kentucky Wildcats record for most rebounds in a game sejak a guard, with 19 rebounds in an early season loss to Iowa.[13] He was not known for being a shooter, however, going 18-66 from three with a 57.1% FT average. He averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game in his sophomore year.[11] Rondo was also named to the 2005 USA Men's Under-21 World Championship Team, which traveled to Argentina for the FIBA World Championships.[14] He averaged 11.0 ppg and 4.5 apg in the eight-game tournament, garnering much attention from NBA scouts. The USA U-21 team won a emas medal at the Global Games held in Texas in late July.
NBA career
2006 NBA Draft

Following the 2005–06 NCAA season, Rondo announced he would forgo his final two seasons at Kentucky and enter the NBA draft.[15] Rondo was drafted 21st keseluruhan sejak the Phoenix Suns in the 2006 NBA Draft. Phoenix then traded him to the Boston Celtics along with Brian Grant for the Cleveland Cavaliers' first-round draft pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and cash considerations.[16] He was the first point guard to be chosen in the draft.[17] In another draft-day deal, the Celtics acquired Sebastian Telfair from the Portland Trail Blazers, finally uniting the backcourt Pitino had envisioned at Louisville.[18] He was signed sejak the Boston Celtics on July 4, 2006.
Rookie season

During his rookie season in the NBA, Rondo played a supporting role and would perpecahan, berpecah time with Sebastian Telfair and Delonte West. Rondo only started in 25 games that season due to his initial backup role to Telfair. He made his NBA regular season debut on November 1, 2006, in a utama loss against the New Orleans Hornets.[19] In his rookie season, he lacked on his jump shot which resulted in him slashing to the basket for a teardrop atau layup. While coming off the bench, he managed to score a career-high 23 points against the Toronto Raptors,[2] and record his first career double-double in a road losing effort against the Washington Wizards.[20] In his first career start, he matched his career-high against the Los Angeles Clippers, though the line-ups were constantly being shuffled between Telfair and Rondo at the point guard.[2] After officially becoming a starter, he began to receive lebih playing time (career-high forty-seven minit of playing time)[2] and tunjuk improvement (career-high fourteen rebounds against the San Antonio Spurs,[21] and a career-high seven steals against the Indiana Pacers).[2] As the mid-season approached, his numbers began to increase,[22] which earned him an All-Rookie saat Team selection.[23] He finished the season with an average of 6.4 ppg and 3.8 apg,[24] ranking in the bahagian, atas ten in the NBA in steals (128)[25] and also ranking in the bahagian, atas ten among rookies in the statistical categories, including first in steals, saat in assists and sixth in minutes.[22] In the end, however, the Celtics finished the season with a 24-58 win-loss record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
2007–08 season
Rondo in Game 4 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.

After Telfair and West were traded during the offseason of the 2007–08 season, Rondo secured a spot in the starting lineup, starting in every game. Surrounded sejak All-Stars Kevin Garnett, ray Allen and Paul Pierce, he quickly became a steady, consistent player.[26] In his 77 games played, he averaged 10.6 points per game (ppg), 5.1 assists per game (apg) and 4.2 rebounds per game (rpg).[24] His role as a playmaker reflected in him leading the team in assists and steals. In a game against the New Jersey Nets, Rondo suffered a lower back injury late in the third quarter, forcing him to miss the seterusnya four games.[27] He made his successful return from injury and to the starting lineup in a road win against the New York Knicks.[28] A week later, he matched his career-high against the Miami Heat,[29] and then scored a career-high 24 points in a utama game against the Los Angeles Clippers the following month.[30] During the All-Star break, he was selected to play on the Sophomore Team in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam.[31] Following the All-Star weekend, Rondo recorded a career-high 16 assists in a utama victory against the charlotte Bobcats.[32] Despite his solid rookie year, there was much speculation about Boston needing a veteran point guard.[33] In March, they signed veteran point guard Sam Cassell as a free agent to serve as a backup.[33] The Celtics' best single-season improvement in NBA history earned them the number one seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Following the regular season, Rondo finished in the bahagian, atas five for the NBA Most Improved Player voting.[34] Rondo made his playoff debut on April 20, 2008 against the Atlanta Hawks and finished the game with 15 points, 9 assists and 2 steals. The Celtics closed out the series in seven games, went on to defeat Cleveland in the seterusnya round, and then defeated the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the NBA Finals, facing the Los Angeles Lakers, Rondo recorded two strong performances, including a career-high 16 assists in Game 2. In Game 3, however, Rondo left the court in the third quarter after rolling his ankle.[35] The ankle injury was considered a "non-factor", and Rondo eventually made his return in Game 4.[36] In Game 6, the point guard telah diposkan a playoffs career-high 6 steals as the Celtics defeated the Lakers 4–2, giving Rondo his first NBA championship ring. After the game Lakers head coach Phil Jackson called Rondo the "star" of Game 6.[33]
Rondo at the championship parade of the 2008 NBA Champions Boston Celtics.
2008–09 season

In his third NBA campaign, the Celtics began the season with the best starting record in NBA history and also set a franchise record with a nineteen-game winning streak.[37] Rondo's numbers increased from his sebelumnya season performance; however, he was criticized for his shooting.[38] He began menunjukkan lebih improvement and even recorded his first career triple-double along with a career-high in assists (16 points, 13 rebounds and 17 assists).[39] Less than three weeks later, he recorded a career-high 25 points against the Utah Jazz.[40] In a utama win against the New York Knicks, Rondo led the team to tie a franchise record with eighteen straight wins.[41] However, after the winning streak was snapped the team struggled, losing seven out of nine games after ending the streak.[42] Rondo—matched up with one of the league's quicker guards, Tony Parker—recorded 16 assists in a losing effort against the Spurs, one short of his season-high.[43] Less than a week later, he recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against the Mavericks[44] along to go with his saat career triple-double, being matched up against the league's current triple-double master, Jason Kidd, and then recorded a career-high 32 points against the Phoenix Suns on his 23rd birthday.[45] On April 8, 2009, Rondo recorded 31 points in a utama win over the New Jersey Nets, one point short from his career-high.[46] He became the first NBA athlete to sign an endorsement contract with Red lembu, lembu jantan on April 17, 2009. He finished the season ranking fifth in the NBA in assists (8.2) and steals (1.9).[47] The team finished the season as the saat seed in the Eastern Conference, although they entered the playoffs without their injured all-star power ke hadapan Kevin Garnett.

In the playoffs match-up against the Chicago Bulls, despite putting up a playoff career-high 29 points in Game 1, the Celtics Lost in overtime.[48] Boston won the seterusnya two games and in Games 2 and 4, Rondo recorded triple-doubles[49] and became the first Celtic player with two triple-doubles in the same series since Larry Bird in 1986. He also became the first player with multiple triple-doubles in the same playoff series since Jason Kidd had three triple-doubles in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals.[50] In Game 6, he recorded a career-high 19 assists without a turnover, tying an NBA playoffs record.[51] In the seterusnya round against the Orlando Magic, the Celtics Lost the first game before Rondo's triple-double performance in Game 2 helped secure a utama win. His third triple-double of the postseason tied Larry Bird's franchise record and also became the first to do that since Jason Kidd had four.[52] However, the Celtics were defeated in seven games in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.[53] During the postseason, Rondo nearly averaged a triple double with 16.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.8 assists.[54]
2009–10 season

On November 2, 2009, Rondo signed a five-year extension with the Celtics worth a guaranteed $55,000,000.[55] In a road victory against the Orlando Magic on Krismas day, Rondo recorded 17 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, two assists shy of a triple double.[56] Three days later, Rondo scored 30 points along to go with 15 assists in a road loss to the Golden State Warriors.[57] On January 10, 2010, Rondo recorded his third regular-season career triple-double, with 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors.[58] On January 28, 2010, he received his first NBA All-Star selection as a reserve on the Eastern Conference squad for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.[59] He also competed in the 2010 H-O-R-S-E contest but Lost In the finals to Kevin Durant. Rondo recorded his fourth regular-season career triple-double against the Denver Nuggets on March 24, 2010, with 11 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds.[60] Two days later against the Sacramento Kings, Rondo entered the game tied with Rick fox for a franchise record of most steals in a single-season (167), eventually establishing the record with a second-quarter steal from Sean May.[61] He also finished the game with a regular-season career-high 18 assists.