With the recent end of the 2009-2010 NBA regular season, we have seen a lot of players step up, improve, and play a lot better than they did just one year back. Some of those players include Carl Landry, Aaron Brooks, Joakim Noah, Kevin Durant, and Derrick Rose .
One player in particular, who made his overall game improve quite a lot, was Derrick Rose. Rose has shown in his second season why he is one of the best young guys in the game. Rose has also shown, that he can compare to some of the best players in the NBA, at this point in his career.
Watching a lot of Derrick Rose this year has gotten me thinking about who has been the best Point Guard in the NBA. There are a lot of candidates, from the veteran's Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, to the young gun's Deron Williams and Chris Paul, to the rookies Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry. To me though, there is only one answer and that is Derrick Rose .
Rose, has been the most impressive Point Guard in the NBA this year because of the one thing that he doesn't have: another good player. The Bulls this year have always been playing with injured players and after the all-star break, they lost two of their top players in Tyrus Thomas and John Salmons. Without two of their best players, Rose has had to take over as the main scorer, as well as the player with the most assist on his team.
Although Joakim Noah and Luol Deng are having their best individual seasons this year, they still have been hurt and have played less then 70 games each. In the 12 and more games that they have missed, Derrick Rose has had to pick up the slack and have outstanding 20+ point performances just to win games. Rose, along with Deron Williams, are the only two Point Guards in the NBA that can single-handedly influence a game in all aspects.
Even though you can make an easy case for Steve Nash, who is averaging 16.5 PPG and 11 APG, he still does have Amare Stoudemire, Leandro Barbosa, Jason Richardson, and Hill to give it to.
Deron Williams is also another Point Guard who I would give the recognition to because of how great his stats look on paper, with 19 PPG, 4 RPG, and 10.5 APG. By far, Williams is behind, if not with, Rose as the best Point Guard in the NBA, but Williams has an impressive team as well with All-stars Mehmet Okur, and Carlos Boozer on his team.
Injuries and other troubles have been something that has affected many Point Guards this year. With great players like Chris Paul and Devin Harris going down with injuries during the season, the race for the best Point Guard has changed. Also, Gilbert Arenas's troubles have affected the race because he was averaging, 23 PPG and 7 APG when he was playing.
Although Derrick Rose has averaged an impressive 21 PPG, 4 RPG, and 6 APG, he still has shown it's not all about stats. But, when it comes to his stats he leads all Point Guards in points and is in the top 10 in Rebounds and Assist.
What makes Rose even better is not only the impressive scoring that he has averaged game in and game out, but, it's the improvement he's made in just his second season out of Memphis.
Last year, Rose was a player who lacked a very good jump shot. This year Rose has been hitting a lot of shots from beyond the free throw line. Another thing that he has improved on is driving into the paint. Rose showed a lot of hesitation driving into the paint last year, but this year he's been outstanding when driving in.
Derrick Rose is also one of two Point Guards, along with Hornets Point Guard Chris Paul, to win the NBA Player of the Month for the 2009-2010 NBA season. Derrick Rose should also deserve to be known as the best Point Guard because of what he has done for the city of Chicago. Derrick Rose has lead the Chicago Bulls for two straight years and in this year's season, he has done it by himself.
I know that Derrick Rose has been playing like the best Point Guard in the NBA this season and deserves to be recognized as the best Point Guard because of how outstanding his scoring, passing, rebounding, defense, and leadership has been this year. He has taken a mediocre Chicago Bulls team to the playoff's and give 100% of effort each night. Derrick Rose is the NBA's best Point Guard.