Rajon Pierre Rondo is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
76 Facts About Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo is a two-time NBA champion, four-time NBA All-Star, has earned four NBA All-Defensive Team honors including two First Team honors, and was named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2012.
Rajon Rondo is known to be a versatile facilitator in the NBA, leading the league in assists three times and in steals once; he ranks fourth in Celtics history in assists and third in steals.
Rajon Rondo has sometimes been described as a "stat-sheet stuffer", ranking 13th in NBA history for triple-doubles with 32 in the regular season, and fifth in NBA history for triple-doubles with 10 in the playoffs.
Rajon Rondo was born on February 22,1986, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rajon Rondo had little contact with his father, who left his family when he was seven years old.
Rajon Rondo was first interested in football, before his mother steered him towards basketball because she felt that the sport would be less punishing on his skinny frame.
Rajon Rondo had a 55-point game in high-school, second highest all-time in Oak Hill Academy, surpassed only by Calvin Duncan with 61.
Rajon Rondo was named to the McDonald's All-American Team in 2004 and scored a total of 14 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in the all-star game.
Rajon Rondo participated in the 2004 Jordan Brand Capital Classic game, logging 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.
Rajon Rondo ended his career as Oak Hill Academy's all-time assists leader in a single season with 494 assists, surpassing McInnis.
Rajon Rondo led Kentucky to several wins including victories against Louisville, South Carolina and Central Florida, but Kentucky failed to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in either Rajon Rondo's freshman or sophomore seasons.
Rajon Rondo set a Kentucky record for most steals in single-season, with a total of 87 steals in his freshman year and made at least one steal in every game.
Rajon Rondo finished his freshman year at Kentucky averaging 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals.
Rajon Rondo set another Kentucky record for most rebounds in a game by a guard, with 19 rebounds in an early season loss to Iowa.
Rajon Rondo averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game in his sophomore year.
Rajon Rondo was named to the US men's national under-21 basketball team, which traveled to Argentina for the 2005 FIBA Under-21 World Championship.
Rajon Rondo averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 assists in the eight-game tournament, garnering much attention from NBA scouts.
Rajon Rondo was drafted 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2006 NBA draft.
Rajon Rondo was the first point guard to be chosen in the draft.
Rajon Rondo was signed by the Boston Celtics on July 4,2006.
Rajon Rondo only started in 25 games that season due to his initial backup role to Telfair.
Rajon Rondo made his NBA regular season debut on November 1,2006, in a home loss against the New Orleans Hornets.
Rajon Rondo finished the season with an average of 6.4 ppg and 3.8 apg, ranking in the top ten in the NBA in steals and ranking in the top ten among rookies in several other categories, including first in steals, second in assists and sixth in minutes.
Rajon Rondo made his successful return from injury and to the starting lineup in a road win against the New York Knicks.
Rajon Rondo made his playoff debut on April 20,2008, against the Atlanta Hawks and finished the game with 15 points, 9 assists and 2 steals.
In Game 3 Rajon Rondo left the court in the third quarter after rolling his ankle.
The ankle injury was considered a "non-factor," and Rajon Rondo eventually made his return in Game 4.
Rajon Rondo's numbers increased from his previous season performance; however, he was criticized for his shooting.
Rajon Rondo recorded his first career triple-double along with a career-high in assists, against the Indiana Pacers.
Rajon Rondo became the first NBA athlete to sign an endorsement contract with Red Bull on April 17,2009.
Rajon Rondo finished the season ranking fifth in the NBA in assists and steals.
Boston won the next two games and in Games 2 and 4, Rajon Rondo recorded triple-doubles and became the first Celtic player with two triple-doubles in the same series since Larry Bird in 1986.
Rajon Rondo became the first player with multiple triple-doubles in the same playoff series since Jason Kidd had three triple-doubles in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals.
On November 2,2009, Rajon Rondo signed a five-year extension with the Celtics worth a guaranteed $55 million.
Three days later, Rajon Rondo scored 30 points with 15 assists in a road loss to the Golden State Warriors.
On January 10,2010, Rajon Rondo recorded his third regular-season career triple-double, with 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors.
Rajon Rondo competed in the 2010 H-O-R-S-E contest but lost in the finals to Kevin Durant.
Rajon Rondo recorded his fourth regular-season career triple-double against the Denver Nuggets on March 24,2010, with 11 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds.
Two days later against the Sacramento Kings, Rajon Rondo entered the game tied with Rick Fox for a franchise record of most steals in a single-season, eventually establishing the record with a second-quarter steal from Sean May In a game against the Houston Rockets on April 2,2010, he broke Bob Cousy's franchise record for most assists in a single-season.
In Game 2, Rajon Rondo dished out 19 assists tying his career-high and tying a franchise record for most assists in a playoff game.
Rajon Rondo joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only other player in NBA history to have 29 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists in a playoff game.
In Game 2, Rajon Rondo recorded his second triple-double of the postseason despite Rajon Rondo's performance, the Celtics succumbed to the Lakers in seven games.
Rajon Rondo sprained his left ankle in a win against the New York Knicks on December 15,2010, and missed the next seven games.
Rajon Rondo set a Celtics franchise record for most assists in a playoff game.
Rajon Rondo was tied with LeBron James with 6 career triple-doubles in the playoffs until James reached his seventh further on in the playoffs during Game 4 of the Finals.
On February 21,2012, Rajon Rondo was named an injury replacement for Joe Johnson on the Eastern Conference roster at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
Rajon Rondo closed out the regular season with 24 consecutive games of 10 or more assists.
Rajon Rondo had his first triple double of the 2012 playoffs against the same team on May 4, another on May 13 in the first game of the second round against the 76ers, and a third on May 26 in the last game of that round, helping the Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Rajon Rondo joined Larry Bird as the only Celtics players to record a triple-double in a Game 7.
In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 44 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and adding 10 assists.
On June 6,2012, Rajon Rondo passed Bob Cousy for having 39 playoff games of 10 or more assists, making him the Celtics' all-time leader in that area.
Rajon Rondo recorded another triple double in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Celtics lost to the Miami Heat, ending their playoff run.
Rajon Rondo began the season with 24 consecutive games of 10+ assists.
Rajon Rondo continued that streak, and recorded his 37th game with 10+ assists against the Orlando Magic on November 25,2012, matching John Stockton's longest streak.
Rajon Rondo was voted the starting point guard spot for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, but on January 27,2013, during a game with the Miami Heat, it was revealed that Rajon Rondo had torn his ACL and would miss the remainder of the season.
On January 15,2014, Rajon Rondo was assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League for training and rehab purposes.
On January 17,2014, Rajon Rondo made his season debut with the Celtics, nearly a year after tearing his ACL.
On September 26,2014, Rajon Rondo was ruled out for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand.
On December 18,2014, Rajon Rondo was traded, along with Dwight Powell, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick.
Rajon Rondo had a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with six rebounds and five assists.
Rajon Rondo struggled to fit in the Mavericks' system, and he often butted heads with head coach Rick Carlisle.
Rajon Rondo was benched after Game 2 of the Mavericks' first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets and didn't play again as Dallas was eliminated in five games.
On July 13,2015, Rajon Rondo signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.
On July 7,2016, Rajon Rondo signed a two-year, $28 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.
On January 10,2017, Rajon Rondo scored 12 points against the Washington Wizards in his first game since December 30.
Rajon Rondo was removed from coach Fred Hoiberg's rotation for five games before being reinserted following injuries to Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.
On July 19,2017, Rajon Rondo signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rajon Rondo made his debut for the Pelicans on November 13,2017, against the Atlanta Hawks, recording two points and two assists in about five minutes in the first half.
Rajon Rondo broke Chris Paul's mark with his 22nd assist and became just the seventh player in NBA history to reach 25 assists in a game, joining Scott Skiles, John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Nate McMillan and Isiah Thomas.
Rajon Rondo had nine of his assists in the first quarter, tying a franchise record.
On July 6,2018, Rajon Rondo signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, who expected him to mentor and compete with second-year point guard Lonzo Ball.
Rajon Rondo underwent surgery three days later and was ruled out for an estimated four to five weeks.
On July 8,2019, Rajon Rondo re-signed with the Lakers, and went on to play an integral part in the team's 2020 NBA Finals series win, his first in 12 years and becoming the second player in NBA history, after Clyde Lovellette, to win a championship with both the Boston Celtics and the Lakers, with Rajon Rondo being the first to win with Los Angeles as Lovellette won with Minneapolis Lakers.
On November 23,2020, Rajon Rondo signed a multi-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
On March 25,2021, Rajon Rondo was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Lou Williams, two second-round draft picks and cash considerations.