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Why Hasn’t The Rajon Rondo Experiment Worked Out For The Dallas Mavericks?

Submitted by on April 22, 2015 – 10:17 amNo Comment

When the Dallas Mavericks worked out a trade with the Boston Celtics back in December to acquire point guard Rajon Rondo, they likely believed that they were making their team better—much better—by adding Rondo to their roster. And initially, they were better. Rondo is a solid defender and, as far as stats go, he made the Mavericks a better defensive team. But towards the end of the 2014-15 NBA season, a rift between Rondo and Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle formed and, before long, it became clear that a problem existed.

That problem has turned into a huge headache for the Mavericks during the postseason. Even though Dallas has only played two games during the NBA Playoffs so far, both of those games have resulted in losses to the Houston Rockets. And it’s clear that Rondo has factored into their losing. During Game 1 of the series, he scored 15 points and handed out five assists in a 118-108 loss. But during Game 2 last night, he only scored four points and recorded one assist in just ten minutes of action. After those ten minutes were up, Carlisle pulled the plug on Rondo and he sat on the bench for the remainder of the game. And Rondo didn’t look happy about it. In fact, he looked like he was planning his exit from Dallas as his team went on the lose 111-99.

So where did it all go wrong? The truth is, the Mavericks never really needed a guy like Rondo on their team in the first place. Sure, he’s an upgrade over what they already had at point guard, at least in theory. But by throwing Rondo into the mix, the Mavs messed with the offense that they were running before obtaining Rondo. They also limited guys like Monte Ellis and restricted what they could do on the court. So in hindsight, trading for Rondo was probably a bad idea.

In all likelihood, Rondo won’t be back in Dallas next year. Yahoo! Sports is already reporting that he’d like to take his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers and play alongside Kobe Bryant. But even if he does, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for the Mavericks. They’ll be losing a talented player, but they’ll also be losing a guy who clearly doesn’t want to be in Dallas. So it could ultimately end up helping them in the long run if he leaves.

Why do you think Rondo has been playing so poorly in Dallas?

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