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Celtics Nightcap: Payton High On Rondo

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 5, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Payton is high on two point guards right now, and here's the clue. Both point guards will have played with both Pierce and Kevin in their careers. The answer is Deron "coach killer" Williams and Rondo.

Gary Payton might cry at Hall of Fame induction-Yahoo

Q: There are a lot of really good point guards in today’s NBA. Who do you really like?

A: ”I’ve always liked Deron Williams because has the same mentality as me. They don’t play defense like we did. But [Williams] does do it on both ends of the floor and wants to. …I like him a lot. Another guy I like a lot and a lot of people think I dislike him is [Rajon] Rondo. He can’t score like I did, but he does everything else like I did.”

So Williams plays defense? He hasn't even made an All-NBA Defensive team. I guess that's not everything, but I never thought of Williams as a defensive player. I think Rondo can score like Payton, but Rondo hasn't. He's more of the Stockton mold. Thanks for the kudos though. It's just another hall of fame player liking Rondo's game.

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Reply rcraig617
4:53 AM on September 10, 2013 
Rondo can do everything payton did and that's including posting up. Payton was one of the best pg's on the block and rondo can post up and doc usually would give him a touch or 2 down there i wish he could get down there a bit more especially w/olynyk to spread the floor now. In every other category I think rondo can score like payton and payton cannot pass like rondo. The one thing I want rondo to take from payton though is that defensive mentality.