Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo is ready to start a new chapter in his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, a team he was linked to during the NBA offseason before heading to the Atlanta Hawks, where his tenure wasn't the best of all.
The 35-year-old has been earned a reputation of being a playoffs performer and that must have been the key for the Clippers to pull the trigger on this move and land the player, who already played in L.A. last campaign. Well, now he's back in town but playing with the Clippers, a team that can use his help to reach the next level and have a deep playoffs run.
However, there is a stat that raised a lot of eyebrows around the league regarding Rondo and the quality of his teams when he's on and off the court. NBA analyst Justin Phan shared a graphic that shows that Rondo's teams are better off without him on the court and this didn't happen with the Lakers and Hawks. This has happened for the past 10 years.
With the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, and the aforementioned Lakers and Hawks, all of these squads have played better when the two-time NBA champion is sitting on the bench.
NBA fans reacted to this and pointed out something that has gotten overlooked around the association: the Clippers want Rondo to improve their level in the postseason, they can afford to lose some games in the regular season if that means they will have a real chance to compete for the championship.
What Rondo brings to the table isn't displayed on the stat sheets and the Clips are well aware of that. Rajon can be the best move that any team made ahead of the deadline and now we'll have the chance to see if the Clippers found the piece they needed to make it out of the West.