DWYANE Wade heaped high praise on former rival turned teammate Rajon Rondo, saying he is the finest playmaker he has ever teamed up with in his long, stellar NBA career.
Despite having yet to play a single game together in the regular season after joining the Chicago Bulls in the offseason, Wade told CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) that Rondo is the ‘best point guard I've ever played with.’
The three-time NBA champion has shared the backcourt with some notable point guards before, like Goran Dragic, Mario Chalmers and Gary Payton, but he bestowed the honor to his new Bulls floor general.
Rondo has a career average of 8.7 assists per game and led the NBA in that category in three seasons. He registered 11.7 assists in 72 games with the Sacramento Kings in the 2015-16 campaign.
A pass-first point guard with solid ball-handling skills, the 30-year old playmaker’s style has impressed his new teammates who are seeking to lead the Bulls back to playoff contention after missing the postseason last year.
"He’s super smart. He really sees things before they even develop out there on the basketball floor, so it makes everybody’s job a lot easier," said Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler. "And not only is he leading the team on offense, but he’s constantly talking on defense, so he’s letting everybody know where they have to be."