Rondo was born in in Louisville, Ky., and attended Eastern High, where he played under coach Doug Bibby. He transferred to Chicago's Oak Hill Academy, where he averaged 21 points, three rebounds and 12 assists per game. He also played in the 2004 McDonald's All-America game with other top high school talent.
2 of 21Mike Carlson/Icon SMI
Rondo decided to attend Kentucky instead of hometown Louisville. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and set a school record for most assists in a season (87). He finished his freshman year averaging eight points, three rebounds and four assists per contest.
3 of 21AP
Tubby Smith and Rajon Rondo
Despite his success at Kentucky, Rondo often clashed with coach Tubby Smith, who wanted Rondo to play a more controlled style of point guard.
4 of 21AP
In 2005, Rondo played for the USA Men's Under-21 World Championship Team. The point guard averaged 11 points and five assists per game in the eight-game tournament.
5 of 21AP
Jason Kidd and Rajon Rondo
Phoenix took Rondo with the 21st pick in the 2006 draft and immediately shipped him to Boston in a cost-cutting move. He was forced into backup duty his first season behind Sebastian Telfair but wound up starting 25 games for the Celtics. He finished the season averaging six points and four assists per game, good enough for a spot on the All-Rookie Second Team.
6 of 21Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images
Kendrick Perkins, Sam Cassell, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett
Rondo's career took a drastic turn during the summer before his second season as the Celtics acquired veterans Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and shipped off guards Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair. Celtics' GM Danny Ainge refused to include Rondo in any trade, feeling he was too talented.
7 of 21Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images
Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo
Rondo formed a quick bond with power forward Kevin Garnett as the Celtics raced to a 26-3 record in the first two months of the season.
8 of 21AP
Rajon Rondo and Marvin Williams
Rondo is tackled by Hawks forward Marvin Williams on a drive to the basket during Game 7 of their first-round playoff series. Williams was ejected on the play as the Celtics rolled to a 99-65 victory.
9 of 21 Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Boston's new Big Three of Pierce, Allen and Garnett led the Celtics to the 2007-08 NBA championship. Rondo averaged 11 points, five assists and four rebounds per game and finished in the top five for Most Improved Player. In this photo, Rondo tips home a shot during the Finals against the Lakers.
10 of 21Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images
Rondo celebrates the championship during a Duck Boat tour through Boston.
11 of 21 Gail Oskin/WireImage
Doc Rivers and Rajon Rondo
Rondo and Celtics coach Doc Rivers attend an event at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston.
12 of 21Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
Rajon Rondo and guest
Rondo and a guest arrive at the 2008 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. The Celtics would go on to win the award for best team.
13 of 21Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 Photography
Off the court, Rondo has picked up roller skating as a hobby. "I'm the best skater in the [NBA]," Rondo told the Boston Globe in 2008. "I don't know who's good, but I'm the best skater in the league. That's just something I like to do outside the court. A lot of us like to bowl, too, but I'd rather skate. I'm in my own zone."
14 of 21Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images
Rajon Rondo and Armond Hill
Rondo looks over plays with assistant coach Armond Hill before a game.
15 of 21Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images
Rondo poses with fellow sophomores Paul Millsap, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Andrea Bargnani, Ronnie Brewer, Brandon Roy, Jordan Farmar and Daniel Gibson prior to the annual rookie-sophomore game at All-Star weekend. The second-year players would go on to take a 136-109 victory.
16 of 21Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images
Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul
Rondo and Chris Paul exchange words during an early-season matchup. The two -- along with Deron Williams and Derek Rose -- are considered the best young point guards in the NBA.
17 of 21Jordan Strauss/WireImage
Rondo spends an August night away from the court, attending Power Balance Goes "All-In For A Cure" at Drai's Hollywood.
18 of 21AP
Shaquille O'Neal, Nate Robinson and Rajon Rondo
Rondo with Shaquille O'Neal and Nate Robinson at Celtics Media Day. Shaq joined the squad during the offseason and Robinson was brought in via trade late in the 2009-10 season.
19 of 21AP
Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers
Celtics coach Doc Rivers presents Rondo with awards for leading the league in steals and being named to the all-defensive team.
20 of 21Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose
Rondo dribbles past Derrick Rose and Gerald Wallace during a USA Basketball showcase in Las Vegas last summer. Rondo was on the bubble to make the roster and withdrew before final cuts were made.
21 of 21Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins
In February 2011, the Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Kristic. The trade hit Rondo hard as Perkins was his best friend on the team. After struggling in the weeks after the trade, Rondo found his groove again in the first round of the playoffs and got a triple-double in Game 3 against the Knicks.
You May Like
Sign Up for our Newsletter
Don't get stuck on the sidelines! Sign up to get exclusives, daily highlights, analysis and more—delivered right to your inbox!