Rose has been back in the Bulls starting lineup for two games now, and the Bulls are 2-0.
Granted, the Bulls beat a 76ers team that isn't very good and then an average Houston team at home. But they still won something they weren't able to do without Rose. And Rose played phenomenal both games, especially against Houston where he posted a line of 27 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists.
But I, along with almost every Bulls fan, noticed something new about Rose's game. He was doing something that he didn't do before his injury, but now he's doing it quite well. What is it?
He's shooting three-pointers.
That's it. It's that simple. It may not seem like a big deal.
But the way I see it, it is a very big deal. Just look at these stats.
Derrick Rose put up seven three-point shot attempts in the Bulls most recent game. That is a career high for Derrick. His previous career high? Six attempts, which he posted the first game he got back from his wrist injury.
Before his last two games, Rose's career high in three-point shots was five, and he did that in the first month of his rookie season. Not counting his 6-for-13 shooting behind the arc in the last two games, Rose has not taken more than two three-pointers in any one game this season. That should tell you something.
Before these recent games, Rose was nowhere near being considered a three point shooter. I mean, even with his six makes in the last two games, he's still only made 12 all season. Rose's game so far this season has been to drive to the basket and score layups or get dunks. He's also been noted for having a consistent two-point jump shot this year as opposed to his rookie campaign.
I've heard many Bulls fans already label Rose as "unguardable". Why? Well, because if you give him too much room, he'll just drain a jump shot. If you close to much, he'll either get the assist to Gibson or Deng, or even just own you and score the layup.
This is where his three-point shooting comes into play.
If Rose is able to consistently drop in threes, who will be able to guard him? He'll be able to post up jump shotsNBA and his driving is top of the line.including three pointers which makes his range good, and he has the ability to dunk better than any point guard in the
We already know Derrick is an outstanding talent and arguably already a top ten player in the league, but his new-found three-point range is going to make him that much better. Now, I'm not saying that he's amazing at shooting threes or he's one of the best at it. I know he's only had two games where he's shot them more than twice. But, I am saying that he's shown that he has the ability to be a good three-point shooter and that he already has the confidence to shoot them in just his second year in the NBA.
Rose was expected to work on his three-point range during the summer and try to perfect it for the 2010 season, but after coming back from a wrist injury, he's already 6-for-13 after just two games. Rose had this to say about his new-found confidence in the long range jumper:
"That's just something I've been working on. Almost every day I've just been shooting them. They were giving me the shot, so why not take it?"
That's right Derrick, shoot that three-pointer if you have the chance. Keep working on it, and before long, you'll be an MVP candidate.