Fan’s Look: Is Boston Celtics' PG Rajon Rondo Ready to Have an NBA MVP Season?

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In recent years the battle for NBA MVP has always come down to a discussion over the statistics, abilities, and leadership qualities of both Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James of the Miami Heat. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is also a valid candidate as well. A dark-horse candidate often left out of the discussion is Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.

Year after year, Rondo has been improving his game and slowly elevating his career assists average. At the end of the 2011-12 campaign, he led the league with 11.7 assists per game. A statistic greater than the likes of Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, and Russell Westbrook of the Thunder. Statistically, Rondo showed he was a better passer than any of these premier point guards.

Marc D'Amico with Celtics.com points out in the article Throw Rondo into Your MVP Discussion that Rondo's 11.7 APG average in 2011-12 is the best the league has seen in 17 years when John Stockton recorded a 12.3 APG average during the 1994-95 season.

His performance last season earned him enough attention land eight total votes to land in eighth place in the 2011-12 MVP voting. The scary thing about Rondo is he keeps getting better every year.

While Rondo is arguably the league's best point guard, his game runs deeper than just his ability to pass the rock. In the shortened 53-game 2011-12 season he racked up a league-leading six triple-doubles and an additional four triple-doubles in 19 playoff games.

What is holding Rondo back from earning such an award is the fact he has a career points per game average of just 10.8 and scored just 11.9 PPG last season. Fans and the media take notice of the player who continually puts up 20+ PPG regardless of the opponent. A great dunk or a driving layup is certainly more exciting and "valuable" than pristine passes and the ability to take command and lead a premier NBA team, right?

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