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Proof That Derrick Rose Plays Good Defense Now

by Ricky O'Donnell on January 20, 2011 at 12:00PM

If you missed it yesterday, Rob Mahoney wrote an excellent post on Derrick Rose's much improved defense over at the New York Times' Off the Dribble blog. Mahoney concludes that Rose's defensive progress is even more striking than all of those three-pointers, and is the real reason Rose should be squarely in the middle of the MVP debate.

I really enjoyed the statistical portion of the post, if only because you certainly won't ever find that stuff here.

More outstanding yet are Rose's individual defensive numbers. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Rose has allowed just 0.77 points per possession overall on defense this season, an elite mark for any defender, regardless of position. Chris Paul (0.86 points per possession allowed), Rajon Rondo (0.83 PPP allowed), and Russell Westbrook (0.92 PPP allowed) -- all excellent defenders -- have been trumped statistically this year, and by no slim margin. Rose has each of those players handily beat, and boasts a shockingly comprehensive defensive profile.

Rose is particularly effective in defending isolation sequences, where he allows just 0.61 points per possession. Rose's lateral quickness becomes a huge asset when opponents go one-on-one.

If it's a stat, I'll believe it. So head over to Off the Dribble and read the whole thing. There's YouTube videos and everything. Very convincing.

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yes he is a great isolation defender but he is awful at help defense and closing out on shooters. that's why the knicks light them up from the arc. he has certainly improved since last year though.

Thanks for taking this opportunity to discuss this, I feel fervently about this and I like learning about this subject.

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