June 18, 2024

Celtics

Rondo helped the Celtics win the 2008 NBA championship.

Dalano Banton (45) involves Boston, who used to have the person whose sport impressed him. Winslow Townson/AP Picture

When Boston Celtics followers watch their new guard Dalano Banton on the courtroom this season, they might be reminded of a well-known face.

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Based on Taylor Snow, the Celtics’ in-house senior author, Banton modeled his sport after Rajon Rondo. Rondo helped the Celtics win the 2008 NBA Championship as their start line guard in simply his second season within the league. He continued to function a veteran chief for Boston till he was traded in 2014.

Banton’s stat sheet backs up the comparability. Rondo’s signature abilities had been his passing capability and imaginative and prescient, two issues that Banton has obtained loads of reward for. Banton’s defensive capability and potential are additionally secret strengths of his sport, simply as Rondo’s protection usually went underneath the radar throughout his time in Boston.

However regardless of how comparable they play, the 2 gamers don’t look very a lot alike. Snow stated that Banton had an enormous progress spurt in highschool, rising from 5’9” as a freshman to six’6” as a junior, which is considerably taller than Rondo at 6’1”.

Banton’s fascination for Rondo’s sport could stem from the time he spent close to Boston. He was born and raised in Toronto, however spent a lot of his highschool profession in Massachusetts. Banton performed for MacDuffie Faculty in Granville and Redemption Christian Academy in Northfield earlier than he agreed to play NCAA basketball for the College of Nebraska.

The Celtics will debut Banton this season, and he’ll hopefully present the crew with the passing and protection that Rondo confirmed a decade in the past.