Rondo spent the first eight-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Celtics and helped them to a championship in 2008 as their starting point guard. At the peak of his career, Rondo was tallying two-plus steals per game and 11-plus assists per game. He still is a good passer, a trait the Hawks will welcome.
Last season, without Young (who played 35.3 minutes per game) leading the charge, the Hawks’ offense struggled mightily. They converted two-way player Brandon Goodwin to an NBA contract, and Goodwin had some great scoring bursts, but he should probably be in more of a third-guard role. They traded for Jeff Teague, and although he helped with four assists per game, he didn’t quite do enough to fix the problem, either, and is an unrestricted free agent unlikely to return. They began the season thinking Evan Turner could play some backup point guard, but he clearly wasn’t the answer, played sparingly and struggled with injuries.
Kevin Huerter would sometimes slide over to point guard (he had success filling in, but it takes him out of his natural position). To summarize, the Hawks spent all last season searching for a solution at backup point guard, and their second unit rarely got going as a result. They have more depth there, now.
With his passing ability and veteran presence, the Rondo addition could help the Hawks, even if he does not appear to be the player he once was. Typically, veterans at this stage in their careers prefer to join teams that already are contenders, so the move is a little intriguing from that standpoint.
The Hawks will need to get quality minutes from him when Young is off the floor, or their problems regarding a secondary playmaker will continue. If Rondo can consistently contribute, and with Dunn’s defensive prowess covering for Young, who struggles on that side of the court, the Hawks’ backcourt is poised to take a step forward.