In his final season before joining the Los Angeles Lakers Rondo would play a season with the New Orleans Pelicans as he continued to rebuild his reputation as an effective player. In his 65 game regular season in Louisiana, Rondo averaged 8.3 PPG, 8.2 APG and 4 RPG as the Pels won 48 games and finished 6th in the competitive Western Conference. His assist percentage would also begin to make a recovery as he finished with 42.2%.
The 2018 Playoffs would see New Orleans upset the Portland Trail Blazers, beating them 4-0, before losing in 5 games to the eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors. In the 9 games, Rondo averaged 10.3 PPG, 12.2 APG and 7.6 RPG, upping his assist percentage to 47.4% as the Pelicans made a surprise appearance in the Western Conference Semifinals. His best performance would come in Game 2 of the Western Semifinals against the Warriors, finishing with 22 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds as the Warriors took the game 121-116.
The now older Rondo definitely put his foot down in the 2018 Playoffs as he tried to prove to the NBA that he was capable of contributing to a playoff team. Stepping up in almost every statistical category, an achievement that sees 2018 as a certain argument in favor of ‘Playoff Rondo’.