Rondos personal checklist of improvements

Rondos personal checklist of improvements
September 29, 2012, 7:51 pm
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WALTHAM -- With every year that passes, Rajon Rondo continues to improve facets of his game that bolster his rank among point guards -- and all players -- in the NBA. This season, the 26-year-old has a checklist of areas he would like to work on over the next months.

I want to take care of my turnovers, he said after the Boston Celtics first practice of the season on Saturday. I want to get more looks at the basket, I want to be more aggressive to the rim. I want to get to the line, obviously, maybe seven, eight times a game, realistically.

What does Rondo have to do to surpass last seasons performance in those categories? Take a look at how the Celtics floor leader fared and how he compared to others in the league.

Turnovers per Game

Rondos goal: Limit turnovers

2011-12 regular season: 3.6 TPG, 5th among all players

1. Deron Williams (4.0)
2. John Wall (3.9)
3. Kevin Durant (3.8)
4. Steve Nash (3.7)
5. Rajon Rondo (3.6)

2011-12 postseason: 3.8 TPG, 3rd among all players

1. Chris Paul (3.9)
2. Carlos Boozer (3.8)
3. Rajon Rondo (3.8)
4. LeBron James (3.5)
5. Baron Davis (3.3)

Free Throw Attempts per Game

Rondos goal: Attempt seven or eight free throws per game

2011-12 regular season: 3.4 FTA, 64th among all players, 26th among all guards

Top 5 Guards in FTAsRegular Season Game
1. Kobe Bryant (7.8)
2. Russell Westbrook (6.3)
3. Derrick Rose (6.1)
4. John Wall (6.1)
5. Dwyane Wade (6.1)

2011-12 postseason: 2.9 FTA, 49th among all players, 20th among all guards

Top 5 Guards in FTAsPostseason Game
1. Kobe Bryant (7.9)
2. Dwyane Wade (7.2)
3. James Harden (6.3)
4. Tony Parker (6.3)
5. Russell Westbrook (5.6)