Watch Rajon Rondo pull off the craftiest play of the year

Rondo is above the law.

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Let’s get this out of the way: There’s a good chance what Dallas Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo does on this play is illegal. A jumper can’t leave his half of the restraining circle until the ball is tapped, which he clearly does here.

But who cares about "rules" anyway?

This is a majestic combination of anticipation and athleticism. Rondo knows there’s about a 4 percent chance he can control a jump ball against Mitch McGary, so instead he steals the tip, and immediately side-arms the ball downstream to a streaking Monta Ellis, who flips it to Chandler Parsons for the easy dunk. 

It’s brilliant basketball. And Rondo is a magician.