Numerous times, I have heard people saying Derrick Rose is pretty weak on D. That's true... He is weak and needs a lot of improvement... But I don't see that being worse or worst at all... The block on Rajon Rondo on Game 6 of the 1st Round? The chasedown block on Andre Miller? A steal off an entry pass? He can do those things but pretty much, I would say Derrick is an opportunistic defender... He only takes advantage of it once he knows that there is a huge probability that he could make a steal or make a block on a player... I would like to compare his situation with the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant... These guys weren't born to be good defenders but as we saw their game elevate, we started to see how hard they worked to improve their defense. Take note, LeBron was criticized as a weak defender early in his NBA Career stating that all he does was set plays and score and jam... Look at LBJ now, a scary player who will chase you down on a fast break and embarass you once you attempt a lay-up. Kobe was not known as a defender in his young days... He was more of a showboat ready to come off the bench or a scorer who lifted the Lakers by scoring 40 or 50 a night. Look at Kobe now, he is one of the best perimeter defender in the league. He showcased it during the Olympics by shutting down the best player on the other teams. Carmelo was known as a scorer that does nothing but score and score... Look at him now, he plays with a lot of aggression on defense and seized a lot of steals in the post... They have vastly improved their skills while training in the NBA... I can say much with Derrick Rose on hand. I believe that he will be a good defensive player down the road. If he won't, I will be extremely disappointed. But I feel optimistic about Derrick Rose's development in terms of his defense for 3 main reasons: The first is his willingness to be taught and his always wanting to improve. Derrick is pretty much a coachable player and has no problem following orders from the coach. This kind of attitude will allow him to improve not just on his defensive ability but on his offensive awareness. Second, he has the skills, the speed and the very good potential to be a very good player on the defensive end... His quickness is uncanny and he can definitely use it to snatch the ball a couple of times every game... Right now, I see him as a defender that only do well if there is a possible situation and he may improve when he does it consistently in all 82 games... The third factor would be the surrounding teammates and coaches that he is in. Kirk Hinrich is a pretty excellent and pesky defender. He is underrated but he showed how pesky he is when he guards the like of Rip, Wade and Pierce. Lindsey Hunter was signed for one more year for one reason and that is to help Derrick develop into a defensive force. As we all know, Hunter has been one of the best defensive point guards in the league and with tons of experience under his belt, he may very well help Derrick. Randy Brown... When Randy Brown was hired as a director of player development, I was so sure that he's going to put his focus more on Rose more than anyone. After all, they share the same position and they both are quick but the thing about Randy was he was one of the best pickpocketers back in the Bulls dynasty. He can definitely give some mentoring on the young Rose who will definitely get some ideas off from these veteran players and coach. To see D-Rose as a defensive player, it is possible but one thing we'll remember about him is that he is definitely one of the fastest rising star in the NBA today.
what u said about Kobe wasn't true. I was reading in the latest issue of Hoops Magazine that ranked Kobe as the 3rd best perimeter defender and they also said that in his younger days he was brought off the bench to go guard the other teams best player. Kobe has ALWAYS been known as a great defender. Other than that good article
yeah that is tru kobe has been know as a good defender..also comeparing roses d to a younger kobe or lebron wont make rose any better a defender since they are all different players...i think roses d will get better but i dont see him ever becoming a elite defender
But I think Rose's defense will improve in years to come...^^ We'll just have to wait on that part though...
yeah it should get better..prob wont seem alot better then it i since there are so many good offensive pg in the nba now and in the future
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thoses were actually pretty good pickups to help with his defense (brown,hunter)
i think rose really could become a dominant defender at the point if he really wanted to. I like to compare him to the point guard version of LeBron in that he is just too fast, strong , and athletic and skilled for point guards to deal with i would love to see him put in the work on defense that LeBron has recently
I think it'll be more of a mental hurdle, rather than a physical hurdle because Rose has all of the physical tools to be a very good defensive player. As he gains more experience and LEARNS little things here and there from his coaches/teammates about playing defense, I think he'll be a very good defensive player. Him becoming an elite defender will depend on how much he focuses on and dedicates himself to that end of the court.
I really think he'll be a better defender this season. Rose is a quick learner. Obviously he's learned from teammates Kirk Hinrich and Lindsey Hunter. I also think he learned a lot this summer while playing with the USA team, where defense is the MAIN focus.
I guarantee you Rose will make a similar improvement to the one Lebron made from the 07-08 season to last year. Lebron still isn't a truly great defender, but he can be considered above average on the ball and spectacular off the ball. I think the same thing will apply to Rose's D.
This kids has STAR written all over him. He will become one of the greatest PG in this league. I have already put him in my book for top 10 PG in this league in my book. If I had a build a team around a PG, I wouldn't mind it being Rose. He's right behind CP3 and Dwill for PGs of the future.
Yes right now he has no defense but he will in a couple of years....hes only 20.
Rose is still pretty young. Dude came out after his freshmen year so you have to give him time. Durant is also a player who is great at offense and needs to work on defense but I see it coming with him also. He has steadily made improvements so far from year to year.