The New York Knicks acquired point guard Jason Kidd in hopes of not only providing a championship mentality, but also stabilize the point guard uncertainty this team was plagued with last season.
Although the future Hall of Famer is not the player he once was, he still has one of the best basketball IQs in the game today and commands respect with his insight of the game. That is why his ranking of Boston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo as the league’s best floor general is tremendous and noteworthy compliment.
According to former Dallas teammate Jason Terry:
“Jason Kidd gave him the greatest compliment I’ve ever heard from a Hall of Famer that’s still playing,’’ Terry said. “He said, ‘There’s no question Rajon Rondo is the best point guard. “‘Chris Paul is great. Deron Williams is great, but Rajon Rondo is the best point guard in the NBA.’’’
Jason Kidd couldn’t have been more right.
Coming into this season my best point guard rankings were Williams, Paul, Rondo, Derrick Rose, and Russell Westbrook (in the that order). But after Rondo’s stellar play this season and the playoffs there’s no denying his floor general skills—on both ends of the floor.
Rondo’s ascension from good point guard to great point guard was one of the feel good stories this past season. From his obscene assist totals to his sticky fingers on defense, Rondo has put the NBA universe—especially every elite point guard—on notice that it’s his time to shine now.
But I will reiterate, Paul and Williams are both phenomenal players but neither played the same level basketball and were one game away from the NBA Finals like Rondo was. Yes critics and fans will point out Rondo’s shaky jumper and suspect free-throw shooting but Rondo still dominated with these weaknesses exploited and almost lead his team to an unlikely Finals berth.
Indeed Kidd might be biased because of the uncanny similarities between his and Rondo’s game. Both are unbelievable passers and exceptional rebounders but struggle with their jump-shot. But the one thing that makes both players remarkable and able to overcome their flaws are their ability to control the pace of the game. Both players have great timing and sense for the flow of a game that allowed them to execute their game plans.
On top of this both worked on their shooting ability. Kidd is now a reliable spot-up shooter something that would have been laughed at in the early part of his career. Rondo can now knock down open mid-range jumpers but still has room to improve.
If Kidd, one of the best point guards to ever play game believes Rondo is the best at the position in the game today there has to be some truth to it. We can only hope Raymond Felton would use this as motivation next season to try to prove Kidd wrong.