May 25, 2010 12:03 PM by Alan Cutler
Rajon Rondo, the former UK standout who is turning into one of the most exciting point guards in the world, made the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.
Rondo, who has led the Celtics to a 3-1 lead over Orlando in the Eastern Division finals, is called by Sports Illustrated, an "electrifying point guard."
Rondo struggled against the Magic last night. He was not his normal explosive self taking the ball to the bucket, but he refused to blame his poor play on his back. Rondo downplayed his problem with muscle spasms.
"I'm fine, I just didn't play well," Rondo said after the game.
Rondo finished with 9 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in Boston's first loss against Orlando, 96-92 in Overtime.
Rondo has come a long way.
In 2007 he averaged 6.4 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game in his first NBA season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.
In 2008 Rajon averaged 10.6 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
In 2009 his game really stepped up as he improved to 11.9 points, 8.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. He made the NBA All-Defensive Second-Team.
This season, Rondo was selected as an All-Star and was named to the First-Team All-Defensive squad. He set career highs with 13.7 points, 9.8 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. And, Rondo led the NBA with 189 steals.