Veteran guard Rajon Rondo will join the Cavs lineup on Friday against the Trailblazers in Portland.
Rondo was brought in to help the Cavs in the backcourt after guard Ricky Rubio went down for the season with an ACL tear in his left knee.
At age 35, Rondo brings the Cavs a championship pedigree, winning the title in 2008 with the Boston Celtics and in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers. With both teams, he played an instrumental part in their success. With the belief that the Cavaliers will make the playoffs this season, “Playoff” Rondo may be a key member of this Cavs roster because of his experience.
With the Cavs, we can look for Rondo to play about 20 minutes per contest, even closing out games alongside star guard Darius Garland. This shows JB and his coaching staff’s trust in Rajon’s decision-making with the ball late in games. In addition, it also frees up Garland to play off the ball.
Rondo averages nearly 10 points and eight assists per game over his 16-year career. However, he is averaging career lows in points this season at 3.1, and among the worst in his career, he averages 3.7 assists. But, with the more prominent role, he will be playing with this Cavs team, we expect his numbers to increase.
Rondo has been known as a great mentor to young players across the league. His basketball IQ is among the best in the game. Also, his leadership both on and off the court is vital to the growth and development of the Cavs young core.
Rondo will help this team develop as an extension of the coach on the floor. He will be instrumental in helping this team not only make good late-game decisions but also recognize coverages and pick defenses apart. There is great anticipation around the Cavs’ newest addition. Soon we’ll see how Rajon Rondo will impact the team.
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