Derrick Rose is not Michael Jordan, he’s….


First I’ll inundate you with numbers.  Then I’ll elaborate on them.

Here are a bunch of stat lines.  The first is Derrick Rose this year at age 22.  The rest are another player’s numbers at 21, 22, and each season from 26-32 (HIS PRIME!).

ROSE :

ppg: 25.0  ast: 7.7  rb: 4.1  fg%: .445  3p% .332  stl: 1.0  3pA: 4.8  FgA: 19.7  usg%: 32.2

PLAYER 2:

ppg: 23.5  ast: 7.5  rb: 4.1  fg%: .416  3p% .341  stl: 2.1  3pA: 3.0  FgA: 19.8  usg%: 28.9

ppg: 22.0  ast: 6.2  rb: 3.7  fg%: .461  3p% .298  stl: 2.2  3pA: 2.9  FgA: 17.6  usg%: 26.9

ppg: 31.4  ast: 5.5  rb: 4.5  fg%: .398  3p% .291  stl: 2.8  3pA: 4.5  FgA: 27.8  usg%: 37.8

ppg: 27.6  ast: 5.5  rb: 4.2  fg%: .414  3p% .277  stl: 2.7  3pA: 3.7  FgA: 23.7  usg%: 32.9

ppg: 26.4  ast: 6.8  rb: 3.7  fg%: .387  3p% .286  stl: 2.4  3pA: 4.1  FgA: 23.4  usg%: 35.3

ppg: 30.7  ast: 7.9  rb: 4.0  fg%: .424  3p% .308  stl: 2.4  3pA: 4.5  FgA: 24.2  usg%: 35.0

ppg: 33.0  ast: 7.4  rb: 3.2  fg%: .447  3p% .323  stl: 1.9  3pA: 3.1  FgA: 25.3  usg%: 35.8

ppg: 26.3  ast: 7.2  rb: 3.0  fg%: .442  3p% .315  stl: 1.9  3pA: 3.0  FgA: 20.2  usg%: 29.3

ppg: 26.4  ast: 7.1  rb: 3.0  fg%: .458  3p% .345  stl: 2.0  3pA: 3.4  FgA: 19.0  usg%: 26.7

Pretty similar right?  Both great scorers.  Good assist numbers.  Rose shoots slightly better from the field but Player 2 gets more steals so you might think he’s a better defender, right?  He’s not.

Player 2 is Allen Iverson.

Objectively and even subjectively they’re the same player.  Think about it.  Two incredibly athletic, untraditional point guards who attack the rim and take a ton of shots because they have to.  Even their teams are the same.  The late 90’s/early 2000’s 76ers were a defensive team with defensive minded coaches and a guard who took all the shots.  Sound familiar?

Derrick Rose is not Michael Jordan and he’ll never be Michael Jordan, but don’t fret Bulls fans.  He’s Allen Iverson with a better head on his shoulders…and that’s pretty damn good.

Sincerely,

Mr. Old Ben.

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4 Responses to “Derrick Rose is not Michael Jordan, he’s….”
  1. Definitely like the comparison to Iverson from a team standpoint. Makes sense to me, especially being outside of Philly and seeing he and the Sixers play often. Bulls fans have a lot to be excited about.

  2. brian says:

    Deriick Rose Is The Best Player In The NBA Right Now nuff nuff jigglypuff

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