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If Rajon Rondo plays the game like a quarterback, Derrick Rose plays it like a running back.
When he puts his head down and presses on toward the basket, there's no stopping him. His combination of speed and crafty footwork make him one of the most electrifying slashers in the game, and his ability to finish with so much authority makes him a treat to watch.
But of course, Rose is about far more than dunks and acrobatic layups.
He's averaged nearly eight assists per game in each of his last two seasons, and that's made him a vital component to a set of scorers who aren't especially adept at creating their own shots.
Rose has never been put in the same category as distributors like Chris Paul, Steve Nash or Rajon Rondo, but he isn't a shoot-first point guard in the mold of Russell Westbrook. Rose can break an offense down in a number of ways, and it just so happens you'd like him taking a fair amount of shots.
While Rose is probably the best inside-scoring point guard in the league (along with Tony Parker), his much-improved mid-range game and perimeter shot have contributed to his growth significantly.
Unfortunately, he has to take a lot of those shots to bail his offense out, but otherwise he's gotten to the place where he can stop and pop with the best of them.
When you add his solid perimeter defense to all he does on the defensive end, it's no surprise he was the 2011 MVP. DRose does it all, and the NBA will be a much better place when he's back in action.