Rondo Having NBA’s Best Passing Season In Decades

At 11.9 assists per game, Rajon Rondo is quietly putting together the most impressive passing season since Hall of Famer John Stockton’s 12.3 assists per game average in the 1994-1995 season according to StatMuse.

Among Kings players that take at least one shot attempt per game, all but one shoot better than their season average on passes received from No. 9.

“He’s got such leadership qualities. He sees the angles. He sees the shots that are going to open up ahead of time, because he knows whats going to open up,” said associate head coach Chad Iske to Huffington Post’s Jordan Schultz.

The four-time All-Star and NBA champion’s on-court leadership and direction is often on display, as the point guard has had the trust of his teammates and coaches instilled in him since his arrival. “He realized early on that coach Karl was going to give him a lot of freedom in the half-court and in the open court,” continued Iske.

Rondo ranks among the NBA’s best in Assist to Turnover ratio (3.04) and tops all players in assist ratio (the number of assists a player averages per 100 possessions) at 43. The Kentucky product is one of two players in the League to be averaging a point-assist double-double.

With 29 games remaining in the regular season, Rondo has a chance to set the Sacramento-era single-season record with 10 or more assists, surpassing Reggie Theus’ 39 game record in 1985-1986. No. 9 currently has tallied 36 such games in the ’15-16 campaign.

Additionally, Rondo (608) is on pace to surpass the Sacramento-era single-season record for most overall assists (Reggie Theus – 788) by nearly 60 helpers.

 

By: NBA.com

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