5 False Impressions About Rajon Rondo and the Chicago Bulls

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Rajon Rondo, PG, Chicago Bulls
Mar 18, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) points to his left during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons win 115-108. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Rondo won’t sync with Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler wasn’t called Jimmy Hollywood by Joakim Noah for nothing.

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He is a ball-dominant player who wants to win for the team, as his supporters claim, and has a need to have his flamboyant isolation plays every game. Having Rajon Rondo in the game with Butler makes it easier for both players to get what they want given that Rondo can bring the ball up the court faster and get into the half-court set immediately while Jimmy lurks around down low for movement traps to free him to score easy.

Butler doesn’t need to embarrass himself anymore by claiming he can play point guard. He can get his game going within the system and be more focused on what he is valued for: guarding the opponent’s best scorer.  Rondo is a pin-point passer on rim runners, dives, and lobs and Butler will enjoy playing alongside a guard who sets him up to look good.

If Jimmy is in his mid-range game, Rondo can play kick out passes then crash the boards to get his numbers evened out. Rondo will only score if the opposing guard on him is sleeping on the job or if his teammate swings the ball back to him after an initial assist pass opportunity. The Bulls can work their plays around the habits of both players so they complement each other and are aware at all times how the offense must flow.

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