Rajon Rondo: Chicago Bulls can have one of the best backcourts in the NBA
The Chicago Bulls certainly added a lot of interesting pieces this summer. The question is if they’re going to be able to find a way to make them all fit together.
One player who is never short on confidence, Rajon Rondo, thinks the Bulls can have one of the best backcourts in the NBA next season.
Rondo, formerly one of the best point guards in the NBA, led the league in assists last year and signed with Chicago this summer on a two-year, $28 million deal. The Bulls also shocked the basketball world by signing Dwyane Wade from the Miami Heat. Rondo and Wade will join Jimmy Butler, giving the Bulls three former or current All-Stars on the perimeter.
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It looks like Rondo is referring primarily to the combination of himself and Wade as the team’s backcourt. Wade and Butler are kind of interchangeable position-wise, so it’s up in the air which of them is really the 2 or the 3.
Rondo isn’t saying the Bulls will have the best backcourt. That title surely belongs to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson out in Golden State. But if Rondo and Wade can figure out how to work together cohesively, they may very well be able to make a claim as one of the five best backcourts in the association.
You have to figure the duos of John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in Toronto, and Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum in Portland are in the conversation as top five backcourts right now. Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo may be on the verge of making up a terrifying backcourt next season in Oklahoma City as well. That about rounds out the current top five before you get to a pair like Rondo and Wade.
What makes Rondo and Wade together so interesting is that neither is a threat to shoot from the outside. They may both, however, be two of the best guards in recent history at finding ways to be very effective despite not shooting a lot of threes. Both are past their primes, but they still had solid years last season, and along with Butler, could help the Bulls possibly contend for the second seed in the East.
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