With the intention of keeping his gym class students in shape, Dr. James Naismith created the blossoming game of basketball. Eventually, that infant of a game matured into one of the world's most popular and widespread sports.
Players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Scottie Pippen were dominant across the board, and were fan favorites for years. It seemed as though their figures were, in some shape, resurrected with players like Kobe Bryant.
When all seemed even-keeled and smooth, the prospects of Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo came along.
Many adjectives can be used to describe these two amazing players. Some of those include electric, quick, agile, and elusive.
Sounds like some words used to describe a halfback, right?
Basically, you have the physicality of skilled football players stuck inside a basketball star's mentality when it comes to Rose and Rondo.
First off, let me say that both of these point guards are great, youthful stars that can implode the opposing coaches' heads.
From a fan's perspective, Rose is considered among the elite when it comes to inside the paint shooting, crossovers, and mid-range jumpers.
Rondo is basically the same way, but just not as energetic.
As a reader, you might say "well, it doesn't matter who is more energetic. Kobe isn't electric like these two, but he sure gets the job done!"
I'm glad you brought that up. You see, both point guards have the same style and mechanics.
Rose, however, has a sure edge when it comes to on-the-paint hype and athleticism.
Let's stop giving opinions and check the stat sheet, shall we?
Derrick Rose, two years pro, 6'3", 190 pounds
FG PCT: .483
3PT PCT: .242
FT PCT: .776
Rajon Rondo, four years pro, 6'1", 171 pounds
FG PCT: .489
3PT PCT: .244
FT PCT: .630
Okay, so Rondo, who has been in the league for twice as long as Rose, has a better shot but puts up eight points less than Rose. He is also worse at shooting free throws.
Rondo may be a better defender, but with the hiring of Tom Thibodeau, Rose should polish his defensive game up in time.
Those were regular-season career averages, so let's take a look at playoff career averages.
Derrick Rose, two years in the playoffs
22.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, .809 free throw PCT, 6.8 APG
Rajon Rondo, 3 years in the playoffs.
13.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, .639 free throw PCT, 8.3 APG
Rose steps his game up dramatically during the playoffs, while Rondo has a slightly better rebounding and steps up his game as well.
The 2009 Rookie of the Year has shown improvements in all aspects of his game. Rondo is improving, too, but just doesn't produce like Rose.
If Rose can tweak his defense and work on his jumpers outside of the paint, his game can be close to flawless.
Rose, the Chicago Bulls' point guard, is on the rise as one of the NBA's best and will continue to mature on the court.