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NBA Playbook: Rajon Rondo and Demise of the Distributor

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Mar 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Celtics 99-86. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Celtics 99-86. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

More and more appreciation for Rajon Rondo's game comes pouring in as his double digit assist games pile up.

Rajon Rondo and demise of the distributor | NBA Playbook

At just 26 years old, Rajon Rondo already finds himself as a lonely master of this particular craft. Last night, he showcased just how devastating a black-belt in the art of distribution can be, especially when your teammates make long 2s at the same rate Dwight Howard converts dunks. Thanks in part to that torrid jump-shooting by his teammates, Rondo tallied 15 assists against a Heat defense that spent most of the contest overwhelmed and bewildered.

Check out the rest of that post for some nice video analysis of Rondo's game.

Live I've said countless times before, I'm a sucker for a pass first point guard and even more so for a guy with such adept skills with anticipation for angles and cutters. The thing that has set him apart in this second half of the season has been his consistency - the mark of a star player.

So while Nash, Kidd and Miller may be hanging it up soon, fear not for the demise of the distributor. Thanks to Rajon Rondo (and perhaps Ricky Rubio), this rare breed will avoid extinction.

It is nice that Rubio is another in the league that could carry that torch. Hopefully we'll see some more come up through the college ranks as well.