|Draft:||First Round, 21st Overall|
|NBA Career:||2006 - present|
|Mavs Tenure:||2014 - 2015|
Rajon Rondo (born February 22, 1886 in Louisville, Kentucky) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a trade along with Dwight Powell in exchange for Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright , a 2015 first round draft pick, a 2016 second round draft pick and a $13 million trade exception, on December 8, 2014.
Rondo attended Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky where he was named all-state his junior year. He transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his senior year and was selected a 2004 McDonalds All-American. He elected to play collegiately for the University of Kentucky and in 2004-2005, as a freshman, averaged 8.1 points and 3,5 assists while being selected to the SEC All-Freshman team. His numbers rose during his sophomore campaign when he posted averages of 11.2 points and 4.9 assists.
Bypassing his final two years with the Wildcats, Rondo declared himself eligible for the 2006 NBA Draft. The Phoenix Suns drafted the 6'1 guard in the first round, with the 21st overall selection. Shortly thereafter, the Suns traded Rondo and Brian Grant to the Boston Celtics in exchange for the Cleveland Cavaliers 2007 first round pick (owned by Boston) and cash considerations.
Hitting the ground running, Rondo notched 6.4 ppg over 78 games and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team. It all came together the next season, 2007-2008, as Rondo averaged 10.6 points and helped lead the Celtics to the NBA Championship. Returning to the playoffs the next year, Boston was eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals despite Rondo having a great year with 11.9 points over 80 games.
All NBA All-Star for the first time the next season, Rondo led the league in steals and again led the Celtics to the NBA Finals where they lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Lakers.
In 2010-2011, despite averaging 10.4 points and 11.2 assists while again being named to the All-Star team, Rondo was limited to only 68 games due to hamstring, ankle and plantar fasciitis problems.
Rondo posted 11.9 ppg and 11.7 apg (a career best) averaged the next season while making the All-Star team for the third consecutive year. He ended the season with 24 straight games of 10+ assists, a streak that would continue into the first 13 games of the next season.
Despite a brilliant start in 2012-2013 that saw him matching his career high of 13.7 ppg, Rondo suffered a torn ACL on January 25, 2013. Again named an all-star the knee injury kept him from the game. It was also the first time in six seasons that the Celtics would not make the playoffs.
Rondo led the NBA in assists per game in both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. The next season, however, saw him only play 30 games for Boston as recovery from the ACL surgery did not allow him to return to the court until January 15, 2014.
Entering 2014-2015 healthy, Rondo was looking forward to a big year for both himself and the Celtics. He had seen action in 22 games, averaging 8.3 points when the trade to the Mavericks occurred.
His time with Dallas was rocky to say the least as in 46 games (28.7 minutes) he averaged 9.3 points while never completely fitting in with the Mavs scheme. He was even suspended at one point during the season for conduct detrimental to the team.
Injured early in the 2014-2015 playoffs, Rondo would not return to see action for Dallas again and signed a free agent contract in July of 2015 with the Sacramento Kings.