Moment of the Year: His successful return from ACL surgery on January 17th against the Los Angeles Lakers.
After recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, Celtics guard and captain Rajon Rondo debuted on January 17th and had himself a decent half-season.
Coming back from the knee injury was key for the future of Rondo’s career. He didn’t have his burst initially, but as the season went on, Rondo showed flashes of his old self, including posting a triple double later in the season. He managed to finish the year nearly averaging 10 dimes a night, pretty impressive considering his health and his supporting cast.
Rondo also showed improvement in his mid-range jumper, something he reportedly worked on while rehabbing. He is a big part of the Boston Celtic’s future and it will be interesting to see how he helps the younger players on the team develop, as well as maintaining his leadership-role on the court with a cast of players that isn’t as talented as his old group.
Considering the severity of his injury, Rondo has a pretty good season on the offensive side of the ball, but was a joke on defense, not something we are used to seeing. Maybe it was the injury, or maybe it was playing on a team that didn’t want to win too many games by the end of the season. Either way, Rondo’s defense next year will be telling in how much progress he has made since injuring his knee. I was happy to see Rondo scoring and dishing at his usual rates and think he showed great poise on the court for the team’s newbies.