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Rajon Rondo | Guard | #9

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 186
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / PHO
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Rajon Rondo triple-doubled with 13 points (5-of-12 FGs), 12 assists, 12 rebounds, three triples and eight turnovers in Monday's 130-123 loss to Houston.
That's the 30th triple-double of his career and that makes him the only player in the NBA to have at least one triple-double in each of the last 10 seasons. Rondo has really expanded his 3-point range in recent years and that's going to be huge for New Orleans' floor spacing -- he's hit three or more triples 16 times in his career and all of them have come after 2014. He played 42 minutes after playing 37 on Sunday, so hopefully the Pelicans are done watching his minutes. Dec 11 - 10:43 PM

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Rajon Rondo returned from a day of rest to finish Sunday's home victory with a season-high 18 assists, 13 points, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Not too shabby. This is just the second time Rondo has exceeded 30 minutes since returning in mid-November, as the Pelicans are wisely being cautious with his workload. He's played in two back-to-back sets, though, so the restrictions aren't too severe. He came into this game hot over the past five games, averaging 9.8 points on 56.8% shooting, 1.4 triples, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 0.8 steals. Those numbers are going up after tonight's gem.
Dec 10 - 11:09 PM

Ian Clark will start for Rajon Rondo (rest) against the Kings on Friday.

No double revenge game against the Kings here. Rondo has looked pretty good lately and maybe the Pelicans leaning on him more while Anthony Davis was out is part of the reason for the rest. He'll likely be looking at additional days off going forward but he is still worth owning. Clark will be tough to count on in DFS with Jameer Nelson behind him.
Dec 8 - 7:30 PM

DeMarcus Cousins had some high praise for Rajon Rondo during a recent interview.

"I've said it many times, once Rondo is on the floor he makes the game easier for a lot of guys. He takes guys' games to the next level," Cousins said. "Since Rondo has been back, I think Jrue [Holiday] and E'Twaun [Moore]'s game has gone to the next level. Darius Miller, his game has gone to a whole other level. It's just making the game easier for everybody." Rondo has put in averages of 11.0 points and 10.5 dimes over the past two games sans Anthony Davis (groin), and he should continue to operate with the rock in his hands more often while AD is on the sidelines.
Dec 6 - 10:21 AM

Rajon Rondo finished 12 points with 10 assists, six rebounds and a steal across 28 minutes in Saturday's game at Portland.

Rondo and Jrue Holiday coexisted rather nicely in the backcourt together, as Rondo hit 5-of-9 field-goal attempts while dropping in 2-of-3 from behind the arc, Holiday was good for 17 points and seven assists. He is likely to flirt with about 30 minutes per night while being very active for his fantasy owners.
Dec 3 - 1:14 AM

Rajon Rondo posted his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 assists against the Jazz on Friday.

He was also two boards away from a triple-double with one triple and two turnovers in 29 minutes. His workload has been steadily increasing and Rondo did play in a back-to-back set last week, so his owners should fully expect him to play and flirt with 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.
Dec 2 - 12:13 AM

Rajon Rondo missed all nine of his shot attempts on Saturday, finishing with just three rebounds, six assists and three turnovers through 27 scoreless minutes.

Rondo has been shooting just 38.1 percent from the field since becoming an active member of the rotation in New Orleans to go with measly averages of 5.5 points, 6.5 dimes, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers per game. He's never going to bring much in the way of scoring, but he should see his steals come up as he gets more comfortable in New Orleans. Still, he's nothing more than an assist specialist in deep leagues at the moment.
Nov 25 - 11:37 PM

Rajon Rondo went over his 24-26 minute limit on Monday, playing 31 of them and finishing with four points, two rebounds, eight assists and one steals on 2-of-4 shooting in a win over the Thunder.

Not great, not bad. Rondo is ramping up his minutes but is still in an odd position, trying to play alongside Jrue Holiday. He's probably worth holding if you need a point guard and should see his minutes loosened up going forward after a slow start due to coming off a hernia.
Nov 20 - 11:08 PM

Rajon Rondo will play 24-26 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

His minutes continue to trend up and it won't be long before his restrictions are lifted. Rondo has looked great in his first three appearances as a Pelican, averaging 6.3 points, 5.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds on 69.2 percent shooting in under 15 minutes per game.
Nov 20 - 12:15 PM

Rajon Rondo scored 13 points with six assists, three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Friday.

Rondo was 6-of-8 from the field and played a little more than he was supposed to, but that's a good thing obviously. He did take a shot to his shoulder/neck area before halftime, but looked fine after the break and it shouldn't be a concern going forward. Expect his minutes to keep trending up with two days off before Monday's game vs. the Thunder.
Nov 18 - 1:19 AM

Rajon Rondo is expected to play 20-24 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

He played 14 minutes in his first start on Wednesday, scoring four points with eight rebounds. Jrue Holiday has played 15 minutes next to Rondo and his assists have really fallen off while other wings are expected to take a hit. Rondo is in a good spot to succeed next to the stud bigs, so maybe he's worth an add to see if he can get going. His upside isn't the greatest.
Nov 16 - 3:24 PM

Rajon Rondo scored four points with two rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 14 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

He was right in his 14-16 minute window during his first start with the Pelicans. Rondo has been around the team for most of his recovery, so he should be able to adapt quickly with his two stud bigs. He hasn't been very good in the past few years, but his best run did come with DeMarcus Cousins, so maybe he can get it going again.
Nov 15 - 11:24 PM

Rajon Rondo will start against the Raptors on Wednesday and is expected to play 14-16 minutes.

He is expected to play in five-minute stints, so likely both halves and possibly down the stretch depending how it goes. Rondo only played just five minutes in his season debut and it'll definitely be interesting to see how he affects the other starters. He's a lukewarm fantasy add, unless you need dimes.
Nov 15 - 6:25 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is excited to have Rajon Rondo back in action and "can't wait" until he's 100 percent.

"It’s great to get him in the flow of things," Cousins said. "He’s a big part of this team. We can’t wait to get him back because he makes the game so much easier for everyone else when he’s out on the floor. I can’t wait until he’s 100 percent and he can go at it all the way." Cousins is fan of Rondo from their days together on the Kings, a season in which Rondo registered averages of 11.9 points, 11.7 dimes and 2.0 steals per contest. He should help the Pelicans turn up the tempo (currently seventh in pace), and with his upside in dimes and steals he's someone to think about stashing.
Nov 15 - 10:30 AM

Rajon Rondo is being listed as the probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

To be clear, this is coming from the game notes, which are notoriously unreliable, so owners will want to check back for official confirmation closer to Wednesday's tip. If Rondo does start, he'd replace E'Twaun Moore in the first unit, but he'll still be relegated to just 14-16 minutes of play, making him a non-option in most leagues. He is worth picking up as a stash, though.
Nov 14 - 5:08 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Jameer Nelson
3Ian Clark
4Frank Jackson
SG1Jrue Holiday
2E'Twaun Moore
3Tony Allen
4Charles Cooke
SF1Dante Cunningham
2Darius Miller
3Solomon Hill
4Jalen Jones
PF1Anthony Davis
2Cheick Diallo
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Alexis Ajinca
3Omer Asik