Derrick Rose: The Best Young Point Guard in the NBA

Diana AllenCorrespondent IApril 21, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 20:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls passes the ball under pressure from Glen Davis 11 and Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 20, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 118-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The debate over the last few years for the best young point guard has been between Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Mentions of Tony Parker are few and far between and this past year there weren't many mentions of Derrick Rose.

Chris Paul and Deron Williams are consistent. They will give it there all in every ball game they play. They make their teams better than they should be as evident when they have had to miss games.

Chris Paul led his team to a tough seven-game series loss to San Antonio last year in the West Semifinals. Paul, however, did not have a monster game and was all but absent in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line.

Deron Williams has lead his team to three playoff series victories—most notably a Game Seven on the road in Houston—his first time in the playoffs.

Deron made a clutch shot against GS to put Game Two into overtime and eventually win the game and the series in five.

Deron was the only player on his team to show up against the Spurs in 2007 and the Lakers in 2008, he doesn't back down.  Williams, however, is not able to carry the load by himself and his leadership skills have been questioned.

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Derrick Rose has ice-water in his veins.

Rose tied Kareem Abdul Jabar's rookie record for most points in a first playoff game.  Rose was clutch down the stretch, getting the ball to the open man or hitting a big shot, which lead to the overtime victory in Game One at Boston

How many rookies can lead their team into the defending World Champions house and play the best game of their career to date and actually win the ball game. 

Game Two was just as competitive in Boston.

Rose, hampered by foul trouble, couldn't be as aggressive as he was in Game One but the Bulls so full of confidence due to Rose's phenomenal Game One nearly pulled off the unlikely victory.

Williams, Paul, and Parker better watch out. There is a new point guard in the league and it looks like he won't back down from anyone.

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