COMMENTARY | During his time coaching the Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers benefited greatly from the play of Rajon Rondo. Although many have speculated about how functional of a relationship the two had, it became clear how much the team relied on Rondo's offensive playmaking when he got injured.
Rivers is pretty lucky now, as he gets to coach one of the league's best players with the Los Angeles Clippers in Chris Paul. Paul is considered the best point guard in the NBA by many, and the Clippers clearly took a turn for the better when he arrived.
As someone who has the luxury to go from coaching one very good point guard to another, Rivers went as far as to compare Rondo and Paul. You can read the full story here, but Doc clearly thinks very highly of both players. Rivers compared the way the two look at and talk about the game, and he said that Rondo and Paul have very similar basketball IQs.
Is Doc Rivers right to compare the two?
It's clear that Paul is one of the league's smartest players. He always seems to have the game under control, and knows exactly what he needs to do to put his team in a position to win. Additionally, he has the tools on both ends of the floor to execute properly.
In a few ways, Rondo is a much different player.
He clearly isn't as capable of a scorer as Paul, mostly due to Rondo's lack of perimeter shooting. This certainly cramps the floor a little for the rest of the team, and the team certainly could have used more scoring from Rondo.
Anyone who watches the Celtics can tell you that Rondo doesn't have the constant motivation and fire that Paul seems to play with on a nightly basis.
However, Rivers is right in the way that he compared the two.
In terms of basketball IQ, Rondo is definitely on Paul's level. Watching Rondo play, it's clear that he always seems to have a grip on how the game is going and what needs to be done. He doesn't have the scoring ability or constant fire like Paul does, but Rondo is undeniably one of the smartest basketball minds around. His problem certainly isn't identifying what needs to be done.
Doc Rivers was able to do some great things with Rajon Rondo running the point in Boston. With a very talented roster and another great point guard in Chris Paul, Doc Rivers is set up for success in Los Angeles.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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