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NBA Free Agency: Will Rondo Make A Difference for the Kings?
July 8, 2015
Rajon Rondo has long been revered as one of the top point guards in the league. He flourished in a system coached by Doc Rivers and led by Boston's "Big 3". When that era came to an end Rondo was left without much to work with as far as teammates. Rondo didn't play any worse, he's still one of the league's top guards. Sure, the time he spent in Dallas was ugly, but he didn't get along with the coach and it wasn't like Boston at all. Rondo may have had the perfect situation in Boston and look at the type of team he has around him now.
Rudy Gay is a jumpy swingman still in his prime. He isn't quite a Paul Pierce as far as shooting and leadership, but he is more of Rondo's style with his athleticism and willingness to get out and run. DeMarcus Cousins is the same type of enforcer that KG was in his Boston days. Cousins will rough people up in the paint and protect his teammates. Cousins might even be more offensively gifted than Garnett was in Boston. The final piece to that Boston team that was so good was Ray Allen, maybe the best three point shooter in the history of the league. Now, obviously the Kings don't have that kind of shooter, which you need to make up for Rondo's terrible perimeter shooting. However, they are trying to surround Rondo with shooters. They have agreed to terms with Marco Belinelli, who shot 43% from downtown last year in San Antonio. If Sacramento adds one or two more quality deep threats, their bench can make an impact and spread the floor so that Rondo can get into the lane and do what he does best.
So, the answer to the question "Will Rondo make a difference?" depends on what the Kings organization does in the next couple weeks. With a few good signings they could be looking at their first winning record since the 2005-06 season.
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