Trends: Rondo, Cousins, Rockets pace

The ball is in Rajon Rondo's hands more often for better and, in some instances, worse. Brian Babineau/Getty Images

Each Monday throughout the NBA season, ESPN Insider will investigate the latest trends in the NBA. Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton is keeping an eye on all the numbers and will have a first look at how players, teams and the league as a whole are evolving.

Trending player No. 1: Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics

Rondo stole some headlines away from the Miami Heat's blowout win over the Orlando Magic with his stat line on Friday night. Rondo finished with a triple-double that included a career-high 24 assists. According to the Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN Stats & Information, Rondo's total of 50 assists thus far has him tied with John Stockton for the most ever in the season's first three games.