frankly IMO...the loss of Sully is more serious to this Celtic team than Rondo.
That is so laughable. It's so ridiculous, I don't know where to begin. I would like to have what you're smoking, bruh
Maybe you should have some, it might help you to see through the Rondo glasses and see true reality...
Reality is we've won few games at home without Rondo. Reality is we were once on a 6 game winning streak with Rondo before going on a loosing streak again.
Reality is we're not a contender without our best player (and yes, Rondo is our best player)
Reality is we won't beat Miami, New York, Chicago Bulls in 7 games without Rondo
Reality is that reality hasn't hit us yet because we've won few games at home
That is reality my friend
I believe we are 5-1 right now without Rondo.
Three of those games have come against undisputed championship contenders - Miami, New York and the Clippers.
Let me point some stats out for you in the three games we just played without Rondo.
1. Pierce is averaging 5 APG (1.0 above season avg)
2. Bass is averaging 2.5 APG (1.5 above season avg)
3. KG is averaging 2.6 APG (0.4 above season avg)
4. Lee is averaging 10 APG (2.0 above season avg)
5. Bradley is averaging 2 APG (0.9 above season avg)
6. Terry is averaging 5 APG (2.6 above season avg)
7. Green is averaging 3 APG (2.1 above season avg)
8. Barbosa is averaging 2.3 APG (1.0 above season avg)
Between all of those guys, that's a net total of 11.5 greater assists per game when Rondo is out. Rondo was averaging 11.1 APG.
1. Pierce is averaging 17.3 PPG (1.3 below season avg)
2. Bass is averaging 9 PPG (1.5 above season avg)
3. KG is averaging 13 PPG (1.8 below season avg)
4. Lee is averaging 10 PPG (2.6 above season avg)
5. Bradley is averaging 7 PPG (0.9 below season avg)
6. Terry is averaging 12.3 PPG (2.2 above season avg)
7. Green is averaging 15.3 PPG (5.4 above season avg)
8. Barbosa is averaging 11 APG (5.8 above season avg)
That's a net total of 13.5 PPG more
from those guys when Rondo isn't here. Rondo was averaging 13.7 PPG.
What does all of this mean?
We get the same number of assists AND points regardless of whether Rondo is out there or not, the only difference is it's spread over the team rather than all coming from one guy - personally I'd say that's a good thing, because it suggets better ball movement from the team and that our offensive attack is coming in multiple different ways, from multiple threats.
Now, everybody loves to argue about how irreplacable Rondo's stats are, but the above (albiet small) sample proves otherwise. His stats are completely replacable, because even if you simply delete him from the team (and do not bring any replacement in return) the other guys are clearly making up those numbers in his absense.
So, why are we paying $10M per year to a guy who gives us nothing that we don't already get? Maybe we are better off letting him go in return for some guys who fill important voids such as rebounds or interior defense...or maybe let him go in return for $10M is cap space a year or two down the track.
Offensively our production doesn't really change with him, but defensively we are clearly better without him. Net result is that we are better without him - assuming this current trend continues to hold up.