The return of Rajon Rondo to the court didn’t go quite as well as the Boston Celtics hoped it would this past season. By the time their All-Star point guard was able to play after recovering from a torn ACL, Boston was in the midst of a lost season that ended with them having the No. 6 pick in this year;s NBA Draft.
Head coach Brad Stevens, who was hired from Butler last year, didn’t get a chacne to coach Rondo as much as he’d hoped to, as the Celtics allowed Rondo to play in only 30 games, but still averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, and 5.5 rebounds over 33.3 minutes per game.
Stevens knows how anxious Rondo is for the next season to start and lead the Celtics back to the playoffs in 2014-15:
“I think Rajon — and I’m saying this from my own opinion — but I think he’s anxious to get back out there and to get back out playing,” Stevens said, via ESPN. “You can tell that from his work ethic. He has been with our small groups a lot in the last 8-10 days. That’s not always the case with a guy as seasoned and accomplished as him.
“He only played 30 games this year and I don’t think he ever felt like he was as good as he truly could be, at least game to game to game, stringing multiple games together. That was in large part due to coming back [from ACL surgery]. Now he’s had a little bit more time to strengthen, to get in the weight room, to work on his skill stuff. I think he looks great, first of all. Physically, he looks fantastic, and he’s been working hard, and that sets a great tone for the younger guys that come in. That’s really helpful.”
The upcoming NBA Draft is the best chance for the Celtics to add another impact player and make the Celtics a team capable of making a run in the NBA Playoffs.
There are rumors of the C’s looking to trade the No. 6 pick, as well as other assets, to acquire a star like Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. It’s unlikely any rookie from this year’s draft class will make the C’s significantly better, but swapping the pick for a veteran star certainly could.
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