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If the Celtics shock, could Rondo be a MVP candidate?

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 25, 2013 at 5:15 AM

I was wondering, what should I write about. Everything has been done it feels like. What's something that hasn't been a thought. Maybe it was last year, or the year before that, and the year before that. As I look down at my hot and fresh cup of coffee. Just the aroma alone wakes me from my stupor that is the summer for NBA fans. Yes, football season is here, and yes the end of baseball is near with the playoffs a month away. The first sip goes down, and the jolt of that kicks the thought around my brain. That something that hasn't been a thought this summer? What if Rondo comes back on time, and what if the Celtics put on those underdog pants? The question is this, can Rajon Rondo win the MVP award if the Celtics do what most think is near impossible. What if the Celtics squeak into the playoffs?

Would that be enough for MVP voters? Those voters are the writers who wrote the Celtics off. Could they end up eating their own words? The thing is this, the NBA tends to give the MVP award to the players who either have the best record in the NBA, or nearly the best record in the NBA. Let's start with last year. James won his 4th MVP, and the Heat had the best record in the NBA with 66 wins and 16 losses. The following season James was crowned MVP, but his Heat had the 4th  best record in the NBA. In the 2010-11 season , the Bulls Rose won the MVP, and the Bulls had the best record in the NBA. In 2009, and 2010 James won back-to-back MVP's, and the Cavs had the best record in the NBA in both seasons. I think you get the point.

What if the Celtics win 44 games, when the majority of writers believe they win from 25-30 games this coming season. Does that place Rondo in the discussion? What if the Celtics win a few more than 44 games? Would Rondo be, or should he be the MVP? Rondo has been in the discussion a few times in years past. I think the writers would have to consider their First Place vote for Rondo. I think the idea is far from all of our minds going into the season, but since most fans believe that this team is likely a lower seed in the East. I just thought Rondo's bid for MVP could be strong if the Celtics overachieve.

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Reply Morena
10:11 AM on August 25, 2013 
This is his team now, so if they overachieve, he should be in the MVP talk, but I can't see him having an MVP type of season coming back from that kind of injury
Reply paul
1:47 PM on August 25, 2013 
It's looking more and more like this is going to be a lost season for Rondo, really two lost seasons caused by one injury. And I blame the likes of Bob Ryan for this. I think Rondo was trying to find a groove early in the season when the 'journo'-hounds started baying about how awful his streak was. Consider that previous to Rondo's streak they had been after him for inconsistency!! I think the 'journo' howling - and the way Doc threw Rondo to the wolves didn't help - caused Rondo to press. He stopped trying to find his groove and started trying to be what everyone wanted him to be - which is, of course, impossible. As a result we have at least one, if not two, lost seasons in Rondo's prime.

BUT - if Rondo comes back strong? Oh he certainly could be in for mvp consideration. Remember, he's routinely in mvp consideration anyway, something his critics like to forget. If Rondo comes back strong, this team could make it into the playoffs, and if they do that - knowing what a playoff monster Rondo is - who knows what can happen?