Rajon Rondo finally set to make his season debut for the Celtics

Rondo tore his ACL last January and hasn't played since

No one expected the Boston Celtics, with a new coach — in Brad Stevens — and a host of new players after an active offseason, to be very good this season. Outside of isolated four-game and three-game winning streaks, the Celtics have followed that prediction to a tee, and have even lost nine of their last ten games to boot.

Sitting at 14-26, in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, Boston is struggling through a rebuilding season, and even made a trade a few days ago to earn more cap space and draft picks at the expense of win-now talent.

However dire the Celtics' situation looks, though, they get a big break tonight as star point guard Rajon Rondo will make his 2013-14 debut in the next itineration of the storied Celtics-Lakers rivalry, which continues this evening at TD Garden in Boston.

The last time Rondo appeared in a game for Boston, Doc Rivers was still the coach, and Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry were still on the team. It was on January 25th of 2013, in a game against the Atlanta Hawks, when Rondo took a bad step and tore his ACL, causing him to miss nearly a full 365 days.

It cannot really be accurately stated just how important Rondo is to this team, so his much-anticipated return is expected to greatly improve Brad Stevens' squad in terms of its record.

But for its draft position? Rondo coming back probably is not great for that.

About Josh Burton

I'm a New York native who has been a Nets season ticket holder, in both New Jersey and now Brooklyn, since birth. Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism) '18