Having to pick between Derrick Rose and Chris Paul is almost unfair.
Both players do their jobs exceptionally well. A strong case could be made for either player. In many ways, it depends on what type of player you prefer, a more traditional point guard in Paul or a slashing, better defensive player in Rose.
The thing that sets Paul apart as the best point guard in the league is his ability to be whatever his team needs him to be. Paul can score off the dribble or with his shot. He can also feed his teammates and get them going. It all depends on what the team needs on that specific night.
In Chicago, Rose is relied on to do almost everything, every night. Part of the advantage for Paul may be playing with a better supporting cast. With the NBA landscape how it currently is with super teams, I would definitely take Paul because of his ability to switch between being the top guy or the second option almost seamlessly.
Paul was spectacular in his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 19.8 points, 9.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game. With a full offseason in L.A., Paul has every opportunity to be even better for the Clippers next season.
Paul is also coming off leading Team USA to a gold medal at the Olympic Games. If he can carry that confidence over to the NBA regular season, watch out.