Among looks at Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash's work this season (and compared to seasons past), The Painted Area had this to say about Rajon Rondo's 2007-08 turnaround:
Rondo certainly seems to be finishing at the basket better, but man oh man, check out those mid-range numbers. It might be a shocker to anyone who watched him launch those backboard-breakers which killed the C's in OT vs. CLE recently, but he is up from .279 to .537 on his mid-range jumpers.
Not only that, but Rajon clearly has much more confidence in his shot, as he's made more mid-range shots so far than he did in all of last season and launched nearly two-thirds as many. He's eschewed the three, and mid-range jumpers now account for twice as large a share of his total shots as last year.
C's fans: maybe there's hope yet that the kid can knock down an open shot or two in a big moment, DJ-style.
Not this DJ, mind you.