Rose Shafted In SB Nation's Watchability Rankings!
Chris Paul would need a nine-foot rim to recreate this picture.
Perhaps we'll get swept up as the finish line draws closer, but so far TUP has made a conscious effort to mostly stay away from the MVP fracas surrounding Derrick Rose. Part of it is because individuals awards are for those willing to settle, and I'm becoming more convinced by the day that this team is going to have a very real chance in the playoffs to match blows with Boston and Miami. It's also because I still have trouble gauging how, um, "deserving" Rose actually is of the award. "Deserving" is a tricky word, so perhaps it's better stated like this: if Kevin Durant or LeBron James win MVP, I won't feel as if Rose got screwed. The fact that we're even discussing him in that company is almost good enough for me. And besides, it would be funny if LeBron kept stacking up MVP's without a title.
Still, TUP is always down for getting behind a good cause, and today we may have found one. Are there really four NBA players more fun to watch than Derrick Rose? Seems downright preposterous, but that's what SB Nation is saying this afternoon.
If SB Nation's "Watchability Rankings" ring a bell, maybe it's because you remember when the Bulls finished dead-last in Mike Prada's team-based list a season ago. Today, Prada unveiled individual rankings, and Rose places fifth. That ranks behind the Poor Man's Derrick Rose (OKC's Russell Westbrook) and the king of the old guard whom Rose recently dismembered in a head-to-head matchup (NOLA's Chris Paul).
You cannot argue with cold numbers. 17 players boast a better plus-minus than Rose. 16 guys have a higher win share per 48 minutes. 12 players have put up a better PER. But if we're talking about watchability, the only concession you'll get from me is SBN's No. 1 choice, Blake Griffin.
For what it's worth, I also found Rose's introduction pretty interesting.
5. Derrick Rose: In three years, there's a very good chance that Rose duplicates Wade's run to the 2006 title and just jumps into people to draw fouls.How quickly the public opinion sways in sports. One day, Derrick Rose isn't elite because he can't get to the line often enough. Now he's capable of replicating the greatest foul-drawing exhibition any of us have ever witnessed. I think that means it's reasonable to assume that by this time next season, Rose will be throwing pin-point passes and leading the league in blocks. This is his rate of progression.