"I've said that if Rondo's not the best point guard in three, four years, I'd be very, very surprised," Garnett said. "He has all the tools in which to lead a team. His defense is like any other guard I've seen in this league. He has the quickness of a Tony Parker, he has the IQ and passing skills of a Jason Kidd."The rest of Rondo's teammates are quick with praise for him, though it's not quite of the "he'll be the best in 3-4 years" variety. Has we've been too hard on Rondo all this time? Maybe ... but I don't think so. He shot .400 from the field during the preseason, which is barely acceptable for a starter. His main responsibility this year will be distributing the ball, but with the passing skills of guys like Paul Pierce and Garnett, I won't be surprised if there are at least three players on this team averaging over four assists per game, which diminishes Rondo's chances to excel in that area.
Garnett continued, "Now he has to establish that 15-foot jumper and make his stake and be consistent. But I'm very, very, very impressed with Rondo."
I'm not trying to write him off, but right now Rondo seems like a poor man's Brevin Knight: he'll get some assists and get some steals but may struggle to ever average double-figures in scoring. And if Rondo does develop into an elite player three or four years down the line? Well, by then it may be too late: the Big 3 of Pierce, Allen and Garnett will be on their last legs and Danny Ainge has mortgaged the team's future to win now.