Rajon Rondo vs. Chris Paul
Rajon Rondo Vs CP3….Who Is Better?
There are a lot of great point guards in the NBA these days. However, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul are among the top five at the position. Some may argue that both could be MVP candidates during a given season. If you had to choose one of these players, which one would you want on your team?
Rondo Is A Playmaker
There is no denying that Chris Paul has the ability to create plays. When you are playing with Blake Griffin, there is no shortage of opportunities to make a top play. However, Rondo has a unique gift to improvise unlike any point guard in the league. He is the guy that you would want on your team if you were playing at the playground or during a pickup game at the community center. His ability to make things happen on the fly makes others around him much better.
How Does That Translate To An NBA Court
Saying that Rondo is the better playmaker is merely a subjective argument. Let’s take a look at the statistics to see who contributes more to their team during the season.
In 60 games, Paul averaged 19.8 points and 9.1 assists per game. This means he was able to feed the players around him while also being able to score on his own. Paul was on the court for over 36 minutes a game last season. That means he was on the court helping his team for the majority of every game. You cannot help your teammates if you are sitting on the bench in foul trouble.
In 53 games, Rondo averaged 11.9 points while also averaging 11.7 assists. You could look at his lower point total and assume that he wasn’t pulling his weight. However, you have to remember that Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were the scorers on that team. As long as he is feeding them the ball, he is doing his job.
Rondo Gets A Slight Edge Due To Playoff Success
Choosing between Rondo and CP3 is still a toss up. To break the tie, we will look at who has had more success in the playoffs. In this category, there is no doubt that Rondo wins hands-down. He has led the Celtics to multiple NBA Finals appearances and has even won a championship.
On the other hand, Rondo has had the luxury of playing in the east while Paul plays in the west. While Rondo was beating up on teams such as Philadelphia, Atlanta and Milwaukee, Paul has had to play the Spurs, Lakers and Mavericks.
Considering that those three teams have represented the west in 10 of the last 11 NBA Finals, Paul has had an uphill battle. This is why Rondo only gets a slight edge despite his superior record of playoff success.
Choosing between Rondo and Paul is really a matter of personal preference. When given a talented supporting cast, both can lead their teams to the playoffs. If you want someone who will score more points, you go with Paul. If you want someone to make crazy plays, you want to go with Rondo. Personally, I would take CP3 because he has a little more natural talent.
Author Bio: Don Phan is a full-time marketing analyst at Fanatics Inc and a part-time sports blogger. His company sells licensed sports merchandise and runs several brands including Pro Sports Memorabilia. You can find authentic basketball memorabilia of current and former NBA greats at their online store.