Is Rajon Rondo An All-Star?

January 28, 2009 - 1:35 pm

By tomorrow, the debate will be put to rest.  We know KG will start for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.  Paul Pierce will no doubt be a reserve.  Ray Allen was a replacement for Caron Butler via a commissioner's add-on last season, and he's having an even better season this year.  He should be there.  But the big debate seems to revolve around third-year point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo has been great so far this season.  I'll take a point guard who averages eight assists per game any day of the week and twice on Sunday.  The Celtics are once again one of the best teams in the NBA, and Rondo is a big part of that.  Without Rondo, this team is not as good, that much is a given.  But is he an all-star?  No.  Not yet, anyway. Rajon Rondo will have his time.  I happen to believe that he may be a ten-time all-star before his career is over.  I just don't think he's there quite yet.  If you are going to have four all-stars from one team, all four had better be great.  Rondo is a very good player, probably on his way to greatness.  But he's not great yet. Let's take Rondo and compare him to other guards vying for a reserve spot.  In the NBA All-Star Game, where no defense is played at all, there is no real difference between a point guard and shooting guard.  One can make an argument that Mo Williams, Jameer Nelson, and Devin Harris all deserve the spot over Rondo. In the end, Rondo may turn out to be the best player out of all of them.  Right now, he's not.  As much as the Celtics fan in me wants Rondo to make it, he's just not quite there.  Not yet, anyway.