Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
The most basic statistics we can look at are field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free-throw percentage, so I'll just give you a rundown of their basic stats before we proceed on to the more complex numbers:
|PLAYER ||FG% ||3PT% ||FT%
|Derrick Rose ||44.5% ||33.2% ||85.8%
|Russell Westbrook ||44.2% ||33.0% ||84.2%
From the overall standpoint, it's scary how close their shooting numbers really are, but are they telling the whole story?
Let's take a look.
In terms of scoring and scoring the ball well (i.e. within the flow of the offense), Westbrook lacks behind Rose. They are both designated slashers, so most of their points should come from near the basket. Rose seems to be a much much better mid-range shooter.
Westbrook shot just 36 percent last season from shots taken from 16-23 feet.
Rose was a bit better at 38 percent, but didn't blow Westbrook out of the water.
However, from 10-15 feet, Rose shot 42.0 percent, while Westbrook was at an atrocious 35.8 percent.
You come even closer to the basket, and yet Westbrook continues to not be impressive. He shot a pathetic 26.6 percent from field goals taken 3-9 feet from the basket. Rose was a much more efficient 39.7 percent.
Furthermore, whenever Westbrook took up 11-15 seconds of shot-clock usage and attempted a shot, it was blocked 8 percent of the time. He also shot just 40 percent on all non-blocked attempts during that time frame.
Rose, on the other hand, in the same amount of time was only blocked 5 percent of the time and shot a whole 10 percent higher at 50.0 percent.
The disparity grows even further when you look at 16-20 seconds and see that Westbrook gets blocked 11 percent of the time to Rose' seven percent. During this time-frame, Westbrook improved a bit at 44.5 percent, but still falls quite short of Rose' 50.4 percent
The answer is clear to me in terms of who is the better, more efficient scorer.