Is Derrick Rose the Best Point Guard in the NBA?

Del ChocContributor IIJuly 26, 2010

Derrick Rose's play on Saturday at the intrasquad game in Las Vegas didn't cloak the hassle regarding his place among point guards in the league. In fact, it seemingly backfired, creating a brawl of words over where Rose supposedly ranked.

Normally the consensus is Deron Williams, Chris Paul, and Steve Nash, allowing A and B to languish around in debate—which is normally between Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose. It just so happens to be a slap in the face of Rose, comparing him to a point Guard that puts exemption in effect at the FT-line.

Of course, nothing is wrong with that if an individual don't apply emphasis to the primary ball handler's clutchness.

I certainly would.


Playoff FT%

Rajon Rondo: FT%: 0.60

Derrick Rose: FT%: 0.82



Fourth quarter FT%

Rajon Rondo: FT%: 0.55

Derrick Rose: FT%: 0.73

Okay, maybe the missed FT's in the Boston-Bulls series of 2008 didn't help Rose's FT percentage, as is explained the gap in Rose's categories. But, while he did experience a huge dropout in fourth quarter FT, he nonetheless still dominated that category statically in contrast to Rondo.

Now, to Steve Nash, who's virtually nonathletic compared to Derrick Rose. Head-to-head it isn't even debatable who wins out.

Case and point: 1/22/10

I got a chance to Tivo their past season match-up, where Derrick Rose apparently made an effort to rise up 22 times, seeing the ball go through the net 15 of those attempts. I actually felt bad for Nash, because an oft criticized radio personality tried to make it seem as though Derrick Rose was the pupil of this meeting at the U.S. Airway Arena.

Nash discouragingly ran to the bench after the second quarter complaining about his back, which was somewhat expected.

Then you know what happened next: "Oh, stop it; stop it. Do you know who this kid is? He's from Chicago. He has a 40-inch vertical." (For some reason I just had a flashback of Grant Hill's face when he witness such elite explosion.)

(Sidenote: never set that tone in a Westbrook vs. Kidd protocol; you may embarrass yourself.)

For those who are still none believers, easing with the idea of me over exaggerating, here's a video someone duplicated:


Chris Paul. Now, I know what you're thinking, "I can't wait to see this."

And no, I'm not having the milieu of Super Mario Bros. on Super Nintendo, as where the stages get harder and harder as you advance.

Matter-of-fact, given to no one's perfection on the basketball court, Paul's size is the reason why Rose is better.

Every time the duo of Rose and Paul face-off, the former Memphis "one-and-doner" has smacked the skills book from Paul's hands—except Rose's rookie year in which the tables were turned—using it to his own advantage.

Repeatedly Rose has jacked up smaller point guards—especially T.J. Ford—posting them up on the block, and bullying them with his off-shoulder.

Not a pretty sight.

There and then it becomes evident to the well-known fact of which we forget about how filled his body is—6-foot-3 and 190 pounds.

Shall I pull out the archives?

Bulls W—January 29, 2010:

(Nearly the same output, except Paul has more assists. But to counter that blandishment, Rose has better PER., confirming his input by justifying the lower PER. players around him. Second highest usage players for NOH and CHI: David West>Kirk Hinrich.)


Deron Williams. Despite the fact that they're all but exact in every fourth quarter statistic there is to be contrasted, Derrick Rose has one thing on his side: "Junior's decline."

Every NBA Draft has a synchronized effect chasing the collegiate juniors specifically, exclusively showing as how their careers will be short lived, and how their skills initially stop growth earlier than wanted. For Seniors it's much worse.

None of it's science.

They either weren't good enough to come out their respective freshmen years, or their grades weren't amendable.

(3rd) Deron Williams 6-3 202 PG Illinois Jr. (PER.: 20.6)

(5th) Raymond Felton 6-1 200 PG UNC Jr. (PER.: 15.3)

(8th) Channing Frye 6-11 244 C Arizona Sr. (PER.: 15.1)

(9th) Ike Diogu 6-8 255 PF Arizona St. Jr. (PER.: 0)


(10th) Andrew Bynum 7-0 280 C UConn HSSr. (PER.: 20.3)

Whatever the case may be, Williams was easily identifiable with those who followed him. All were Juniors, not considered one-and-done.

Sorry to discourage Jazz fans, but HE'S-ON-THE-DECLINE.

He played off the ball for the bulk his career at Illinois—deferring to Dee Brown—and really didn't have a defining moment after an incoherent three years there.

Therefore, the development in both games clearly favors Rose. In college, he conducted full-time point guard duties at Memphis for one year, leading them nearly undefeated -- 38 wins—with moderate shooters. And although Rose was selected first in 2008, you can generally scroll up and associate him with Bynum, as both practically endured as much maturity as the other.

Williams on the other hand, had underwhelming restrictions to his evolution in college, playing two extra exhibitions in his first season compared to his second season, which only totaled one win better—26 wins.

Such dispose of data benefits Derrick Rose's behalf, heartening my preference in saying he's the best point guard right now.

The defenders he draws in the semi-court are unprecedented. The only person I've seen create 85-to-90 percent space in semi-half-court is Lebron James—not Deron Williams or Chris Paul.

And with Bulls new additions, 2010-11 only prompts security in my quest for approval. Korver now has more space to release his shot; Brewer now has more broadness to his game; and Boozer, well, will do him on the elbow with the luxury of a true center and the aforementioned Rose. 

So count it: "As of now, Derrick Rose is the best point guard."


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