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NBA Blog Argues D-Rose is Overrated, They Probably Have a Point

by Ricky O'Donnell on March 24, 2010 at 1:50PM

If you have about 25 minutes to kill today, head over Both Teams Played Hard and check out Noam Schiller's 1,500 word opus on Derrick Rose. It's not what you'd expect: Schiller dissects Rose's game and chops down anyone who thinks Rose is already an elite NBA player.

For as much fawning as we do over Rose here, Schiller makes lots of good points. Including...

...he is an inefficient scorer. He's not nearly up to Monta Ellis levels, but his 20.4 points per game average is much less impressive once you factor in that he needs 17.6 shots per game to reach it. In fact, his true shooting of 52.4% is a staggering 195th in the league in the league amongst qualifying players (228th overall), and 35th (of 67) among point guards. Pretty mediocre for a player whose main skill is scoring the ball.
There's too much to block quote here, but that gives you an idea. Basically, Schiller argues Rose is a terrible defender, needs work on his passing, and still doesn't get to the rim enough. All fair points, right?

Of course, you still have to factor circumstance into the equation. Rose takes a lot of shots because he has to -- he's literally the only player on the team that can create his own looks. As soon as Ben Gordon peaced out, you had to figure Rose's efficiency numbers would go down: if he doesn't score, who's going to? The bulk of shots comes out of necessity more than anything.  You also have to factor in Del Negro's "offense", one that hardly puts players in good positions to score.

That being said, I think a lot what Schiller says is fair.

If anything, it just shows how great Rose is going to be. He's very good already, and he's only 21 years old and midway through his second season. But he's hardly complete as a player. Just wait til Rose starts knocking down three's with regularity and playing some actual defense. Projecting him to be a top 10 player seems like a safe bet.

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Good thing Derrick Rose doesn't have six hours and the capability to comprehend that article. He may get offended by it.

(had to)

What ... you think he can't afford to pay someone to read and explain it to him?

Derrick Rose doesn't get to the rim enough...and there he lost me. Puhleese

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