Three things that the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting with Rajon Rondo.
The Cleveland Cavaliers got kicked in the pants a few times too many this season, and while everyone is dealing with the bug that is COVID-19, not as many people are dealing with major injuries to some of their more important players. Having lost Collin Sexton early in the season and then later Ricky Rubio, getting a replacement was imperative. Cue Rajon Rondo.
While losing Sexton was rough, losing Rubio was the real kick, as he was not just leading the second-team unit, but was also able to seamlessly play alongside Darius Garland. His elite-level passing, and ability to attack the basket; while still paying high-level defense, made Rubio untouchable to many.
He was able to come in and adapt as needed. Now the Cavaliers are just hoping they can find someone who can come in and do a fraction of what Rubio did. The Cavaliers didn’t go get a guy who can be a Sixth Man of the Year like Rubio was attempting to become but they did get someone who can do just about everything Rubio did in Rondo.
Sure, Rondo can’t shoot threes as well as Rubio (which is saying some as Rubio wasn’t great at it), but Rondo can score inside, he’s solid from the free-throw line and he does two things nearly as well as Rubio; pass and play defense.
He’s not going to be able to replace Rubio’s effectiveness, but he’s going to be the best bet to replace that production. It may not be possible, Rondo may not be able to do what Rubio did, but if anyone can it’s Rondo.
So here are three reasons why Rondo may be the best fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers going forward.