Russel Region: #1 Bill Russell VS. #16 Rajon Rondo

By virtue of his play-in game win over his contemporary Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo now gets to take on history with his first round match up against the man who has more rings than fingers, Bill Russell. We’re putting Celtics up against Celtics in the first round, although it may not be a fair contest.

Bill Russell is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. His career was so prolific that is all you really need to say the rest is understood. Along with Wilt Chamberlin, Russel Dominated the game from the center position the way no player had before. Unlike Wilt, Russel was known more for his rebounding than scoring averaging 22.5 per game and was five times the rebounding champ. How about some hardware? Try on some of Russell’s rings from the Celtics period of dominance. The man is an 11 time champion, five time MVP and 12 time all-star. His greatness and dominance reflects that of Boston in that time.

Rondo already has a few triple-doubles this season and is without a doubt the best player on the Celtics right now, except for that whole jump shot/foul shot thing. A constant triple-double threat his stat line (13.6 ppg, 10.0 apg, 5.0 rpg) may not look as flashy due to the fewer points but is stellar. Rondo is also a terrific defender and really right now seems to be on the cusp of his potential not the peak. Imagine if Rondo was playing along side guys that didn’t have paper mache ankles and subscriptions to AARP. Rondo hasn’t really had a team in which he can run, a system in which he would thrive. (Don’t tell Miami that though).

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