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The Problems With Rose's Drives

The Cauldron's Jared Dubin details why and how Rose's drives aren't effective

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Jared Dubin of the Cauldron released an article this morning critiquing the effectiveness of Derrick Rose's drives. The article notes that while Rose has been driving a lot (that's good!), the drives haven't been all that great in terms of generating points (that's bad!).

Dubin suggests that the root of the problem is that Rose is single-minded in his determination to shoot the ball off drives. He doesn't really look for teammates - As a result, has to force up shots that oftentimes result in turnovers or overly difficult looks:

Rose ranked dead last among the 25 players averaging at least 7.0 drives per game in passing percentage on those drives (this isn’t new; he ranked second-to-last among 35 similar players last year). Despite that fact, he had the fourth-highest turnover percentage among that group of 25 players.

Much of this is because, on his jaunts to the rim, Rose largely just puts his head down (there’s that phrasing again) and looks for his own shot.

Dubin also has some good video clips in his article to illustrate his point that Rose is not looking for teammates on those drives.

The second main critique Dubin shares is that Rose isn't getting close enough to the rim on his drives, resulting in a poor field goal percentage on those shots.

According to, 33% of Rose’s shots this season have come from between three and 10 feet from the basket, up from just over 15% last season. Not only that, but the percentage of shots he’s taken within three feet is down from 26% to 18%.

Heading into Monday, he’d finished inside of three feet at about the same rate as last year (55.6% vs. 55.8%) but that back-of-the-paint/floater range has been a bugaboo: prior to Monday’s game, he’d connected on only 39.4% of those shots.

On this point, I tend to disagree. It is absolutely true that Rose is shooting on drives from further away, but that floater is a great shot for him. To me, the fact that he's hitting on only 40% of them is more randomness than anything else - he hit 59% of his runners/floaters last year and it's always been one of his best shots.

Rose's emphasis on increased floaters is by design - He chose to focus on midrange stuff this summer and has told the media he's working on finishing and floaters in practice.

The last point made is that the offense hasn't been that good with Rose in. Kind of shocking, but the team's offensive rating is better when he sits.

Rose had a .415 True Shooting Percentage and the Bulls were averaging a meager 96.9 points per 100 possessions with him in the game — the season-long equivalent of last season’s Knicks offense.

The Chicago scoring machine hasn’t been much better with Rose out of the game (97.1), but it’s extremely atypical for it to struggle this badly when he’s in, given how it’s performed throughout the rest of his career.

Being compared to the Knicks' 2015 offense hurts my soul.

The whole article is worth a read, check it out here.