Rajon Rondo believes he will be a great fit within the Fred Hoiberg’s Chicago Bulls offense.
“It’s more of a read-based offense. It’s not so much dictated on calling a set every time down the floor,” Rondo said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I like to make my plays off reactions. I try to be two or three steps ahead of my guy, my opponent. So it’s a perfect system to try to be great in.”
Rondo, who turned 30 in February, signed a two-year deal worth $28 million with the Bulls. He’ll join Jimmy Butler and the recently signed Dwyane Wade in an effort to get Chicago back to the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2016-17.
The enigmatic point guard will also attempt to fill the shoes of former MVP Derrick Rose, who was traded to New York.
Over 72 games with the Sacramento Kings last season, Rondo averaged 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and an NBA-high 11.7 assists per game. The four-time All-Star called it one of his best seasons.
“A lot of people didn’t see me play out west in Sacramento. I think we had one TV game,” Rondo said. “I didn’t miss any games as far as injuries. I feel great. I’ve been taking care of my body. And as you’ve seen this year, Dwyane has been doing the same.”
Rondo has annually finished as one of the game’s best at producing at assists. He’s averaged at least 9.8 assists per game in six of the last seven seasons, including four seasons over 11.0 and three seasons leading the NBA in the stat.
A chance to play in an open, attacking offense should allow him to continue his passing prowess, especially with scorers in Wade and Butler playing alongside him in Chicago.