Rondo ranks 27th among PGs who played 10 games and 15+ minutes per game in FTA/FGA ratio. Slightly below average for a PG overall at .230 (average is .237)We have a winner.
His And1 percentage is also pretty low. (actually tied with CP3 though, thought his would have been higher)
Rondo doesn't try to get to the line as much as other PGs, his poor free throw shooting is the reason in my opinion. (only two PGs who meet the criteria above shoot worse from the line than Rondo)
He's not terrible at drawing FTAs, but with his physical profile its something I feel he could do more.
Rondo is smart enough to know where his weaknesses are and to minimize his weaknesses and maximize his team's chance of scoring he drives to the basket less and shoots less free throws because if he did it more he would be hurting the team. Better to create at the key or by dribble drive and dishing than going to the basket and picking up a foul and missing 45% of his free throws.
I don't think that Faf's point was that Rondo getting to the line hurts the team. Even beyond the points it would get the offense, there's the fact that getting opposing players into foul trouble and getting the entire team into the bonus is a plus.
No it my point that his missing free throws hurts the team. Let's face it he's a bad free throw shooter.
The Celtics PPS this season, excluding Rondo, is above 1.2. That is almost exactly what Rondo would yield with 2 free throws.
But, Rondo also would take a beating driving more, he stands the chance of not getting the calls as he isn't exactly the most popular guy with a bunch of refs, he could pick up offensive fouls and put himself in foul trouble, and there's the chance he could go into one his prolonged shooting woes at the line which is prone to do.
Does this offset the advantages that possibly getting the other team in foul trouble? I think it does because, let's face it, the Celtics are a team of jump shooters. They very rarely take advantage of their opposition getting into foul trouble by going inside. So risking a Rondo injury or getting only as much points as the team would normally get by just not having Rondo get fouled while shooting, IMO isn't worth it.
If he was as good a free throw shooter as Westbrook or Jennings or Thomas or others, then yes, driving the lane and getting fouled would help his team. But given just how bad a free throw shooter he is, his rep with the refs, his team's penchant for never going inside when the opposition is in foul trouble and just how well his team scores as a normal function of offense, I think he hurts the team by driving to the basket and forcing the issue.