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May 10, 2010
The elusive Rajon Rondo

Historically, Geoff Petrie has an excellent draft record. But he must wince while following what Rajon Rondo is doing in the playoffs. The 6-foot-1, 171 pound Celtics point guard is averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds and 11.4 assists - numbers bolstered by his remarkable triple-double (29 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists) Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Of recent postseasons, Rondo's performance most reminded of Tim Duncan's near quadruple double in the Spurs' championship clinching victory over the New Jersey Nets in 2003.

While a lot less was made of Duncan's numbers - he is so subtle, even his spectacular efforts seem understated - his effort that night rivaled any individual postseason performance I can remember, dating back to the Bird-Magic era of the 80s. In the Game 6 finale in San Antonio, a much younger Duncan destroyed the undersized Nets with 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight blocks.

Ah, youth.

So back to Rondo. While the Kings that year selected Quincy Douby at No.19, leaving Rondo to be plucked at No. 21, Petrie wasn't the only league executive who whiffed. Here are just a few other prospects drafted before the Kentucky sophomore was drafted by the Suns and immediately traded to Boston: Adam Morrison, Tyrus Thomas, Shelden Williams, Patrick O'Bryant, Saer Sene, Hilton Armstrong, Cedric Simmons, Rodney Carney, Shawne Williams, Oleksiy Pecherov ... well, you get the idea.

(In the Rondo-to-Boston trade, the Suns received Brian Grant and cash considerations for the Cavaliers' first-round pick in 2007, plus cash considerations. They used the 2007 pick (No.24 overall) on Rudy Fernandez, then swapped the Spanish guard to the Trail Blazers for cash considerations.

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