Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rajon Rondo is No. 19 in All-Star Likeability Rankings

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo comes in at No. 19 on's 2011 NBA All-Star Likeability Rankings.

What's it mean?

Here's how describes it:

It's an impossible task, but that didn't stop the Eye On Basketball staff from trying. Over the last week, we pinpointed five characteristics that combine to make NBA players likeable: "Ballin' Ability" (how good they are as a player), "Winning Attitude" (how dedicated they are to the game), "Talking Softly" (how they come across in their public comments), "Commerical Appeal" (how visible they are in advertisements) and "Public Works" (charitable contributions and other character-defining achievements).

Our panel of four experts ranked every member of the 2011 All-Star teams on a 1-5 scale in each of those five categories. We then added up all the scores to get a ranking on a 1 to 100 scale. The higher the number, the more likeable the player. Pretty simple stuff.

Here's an excerpt about Rondo:

19. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics: More than anyone else on this list, Rondo genuinely doesn’t care what you think about him. He can come across as curt and moody, and doesn’t expend much energy playing the media game. His authenticity can’t be questioned, but it does keep casual fans at arm’s length. Score: 58

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