Chicago’s Budding Rose?

December 26th, 2009 by Andre C Leave a reply »
Like a bad cavity, Derrick Rose has always been fairly good at penetrating the teeth of the defense. This has elicited numerous comparisons to players like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. 

But perhaps, the most commonplace parallels, are those comparing Rose to other NBA point guards. In particular, Chris Paul.

Some staunch followers have even suggested that Rose may actually be better than Paul (or at least has the potential to be)?

First, it's imperative to understand just how good Chris Paul really is?

Below are some figures illustrating the average point guard in the NBA, versus what we saw from Chris Paul in his rookie season (excluding adj. field goal percentage and free-throw shooting, everything is defined on a per 48 minute basis).

Adjusted Field Goal Percentage: 47.4% PG, 45.5% Chris Paul

Free Throw Percentage: 78.8% PG, 84.7% Chris Paul

Personal Fouls: 3.6 PG, 3.7 Chris Paul 

Assists/game: 8.6 PG, 10.4 Chris Paul

Blocked Shots: .3 PG, .13 Chris Paul

Points/game: 18.4 PG, 21.5 Chris Paul

Rebounds/game: 4.7 PG, 6.8 Chris Paul

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