Down the stretch of last night’s Chicago/Utah game, Derrick Rose was beating Ronnie Price at will to the bucket. But with the Jazz guards going under every single screen – no matter whether it was five-to-ten feet below Rose – the rookie PG was forced to take some jump shots. Pretty much every jumper was wide open – but he didn’t make one of them.
In the end, he back-rimmed a jumper with the clock under ten seconds. Lucky for Rose, the ball careened to Larry Hughes whose 23-foot prayer was answered and sent the Jazz packing.
Truthfully, if Rose were able to consistently hit that 18-footer, there’s no telling how good he could be. I’m not trying to knock him by saying that he can’t stick a J. I’m just saying that if Rose can work out that kink, his ceiling is astronomical.
How good would Derrick Rose be with a jumper?