Though no official return date has been issued for star point guard, former University of Kentucky Wildcat, and sixth-sense assist man Rajon Rondo, those in the basketball world are all curious as to how Rondo will be highlighted in Brad Stevens offense once he finally returns to the court.
Stevens is well-known as being a schematic wizard while coaching Butler to two consecutive NCAA title games. That being said, his offensive sets, while very efficient, were primarily stationed in the half-court—where the focus was often placed on shot clock chewing. This directs many basketball fans toward one obvious question, “Where does Rajon Rondo fit in Stevens’ offense with the Celtics?”
Some fans are presuming Stevens will try to craft up some complex offensive sets—which would assume Rondo would have to adjust his game to play within them. Other fans are guessing that Stevens will be “smart” enough to cater his offense to Rondo’s incredibly unique and diverse skill set.
Well, straight from the coach’s mouth, here’s your pre-season answer to this all-important question. When asked how Rajon will fit into his offense when he returns from his injury, Stevens was quick to shift the focus from himself, “He doesn’t need to fit to how I’ve coached in the past. I need to fit to him.”
So with that, we have our early answer to this NBA debate topic. Long live the unilateral playmaking ability of Rajon Rondo. We all hope to see you back on the court soon #9.