Re: Best Point Guards in the NBA
posted at 12/28/2010 11:56 AM EST
In Response to Re: Best Point Guards in the NBA
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Best Point Guards in the NBA : After watching Rose on Christmas day there is no doubt I would rather have Rondo. Rose shot 12 or 13 times in the first quarter alone hitting either 2 or 3 shots. He wasn't looking to pass unless the defense gave him no other options. Would the Celtics like him playing at pt guard doing that? I doubt it very seriously and I don't think we would be near as good a team with Rose running the team. Rose is obviously a better offensive player (shooting), but it ends there. Rondo is twice as good in getting people involved. You wouldn't hear about unselfish play on the C's if Rose was running it.
Posted by OneOnOne[/QUOTE]
Yes, I was very disappointed at Rose on Christmas day. The only time he passed is if the defense did not give him a look at the basket. 30% of the time he still went in for an impossible basket. And the rest, he tried to pass the ball to someone.
The model Rose follows works only because he takes opposing defenses to the limit and at the last minute when the defense has worked hard to deny Rose he will then look for an open guy and sometimes he finds one.
But to me, that is the wrong way to play PG. A PG should always try and develop the best option as soon as the possession start. The decision needs to be made in some detail at the very beginning. The great PGs think up a few plays and try and develop them. With each play, they know who they will try and pass, how the play will develop, and who will ultimately score the basket.
The decision Rose makes every time is: how will I weave my way to the basket for a 2, or get an open look for a 3, and if I am not able to get this look then I will make another decision to make a play for someone else. Often times, it is too late to be making this decision. The result, an offense that is not in rhythm.
Rose plays like this almost all of the time. He is a great scorer, but a poor PG. I believe he is smart enough to make the right decisions. But he always waits till the last minute to make this decision.
If Rondo played like Rose, PP and KG would be yelling at him in the middle of every game.