We all remember what Derrick Rose told us this summer. He'd developed three-point range: "It's there; I have a consistent 3-point shot now," he told us.
Two weeks into November, Derrick had shot 7-29 on three pointers. That 24% 3pt shooting mark looked, at the time, surprisingly similar to his Rookie (22%) and Sophomore (26%) campaigns. The only real difference seemed to be frequency, having put up 3.5 threes per game to that point, v. a career mark under 1 per game. Since then...
Rose proved his summer quotes may have been a bit more than lip service. Since the middle of November, take a look at Rose's 3-pt shooting. He is 22-49 (44.8%) on threes. Those 49 came over 11 games, meaning he's taking nearly 4.5 threes per game. His recent hot streak (including two breakout games v. Houston, making 8-11 overall in two games v. the Rockets) has brought his season average up to 37.2% on threes.
Looking at his recent shooting: 44% 3pt shooting on 4.5 shots a game is very, VERY impressive. While the 11-game sample is, admittedly, a bit of a cherry picked stat, it is impressive nonetheless. To note, there are currently 27 NBA players averaging 5 or more 3-pt attempts per game. Of those 27, there are NINE who are shooting 40%+, and there are TWO making 44% or higher. Those two? Jason Richardson and James Jones. Those two happen to have two of the leagues best passers in Nash and Lebron feeding them for open 3's.
This isn't to say that Rose will average 45% on 3's this year (he won't), or that he doesn't have more to work on (defense, FTA). But it's time to recognize that he truly has taken strides in developing LEGITIMATE 3pt range. Especially compared to his peers like Rondo (27% on 0.6 3pt Attempts per game) and Westbrook (23%, 1.1 3pA).