They'll have lottery picks over the next three years. They have to use them effectively. Golden State is where they are because they used their late lottery picks (Curry, Thompson, Barnes, etc) very effectively.
Granted a pass first point guard isn't gonna win a lot of games on a team without good scorers, but that's still taking numbers out of context.
Missed this the other day. Your point is fair enough. But there's also a school of thought that basically says Rondo is the proverbial very nice square peg that the Celtics have been trying to fit into Brad Stevens' round hole.
Rondo's DNA is that of a ball-dominant, drive and dish point guard. And he's very good at it. But that sort of player almost undermines Stevens' offensive system, which is predicated on ball movement. To their credit, I think both Rondo and Stevens tried very hard to make things work. In the end, I think a big part of the reason they drafted Marcus Smart is because he doesn't need the ball as much to be effective.
Both the Celtics and Rondo played nice with each other for a long period of time. That said, it's been a bad fit ever since the Garnett/Pierce trade. And if he hadn't had knee problems the past few seasons, he'd have been traded a long time ago.