Derrick Rose was a really, really good player when he last stepped on a basketball court. The reason he wasn’t considered a “great” player? His average, at best, jump shot.
17 months later, after his ACL injury, he says he’s been working to add range to his improved jumper.
“No,” Rose answered when asked if there will be a “tweak” in his game this season. “I think the only thing that’s gonna change is my confidence level….
“As far as shooting, I think that’s the only thing I need to work on,” he said. “The only thing I’ve been working on is shooting longer shots, because I think if people have to come out and stick with me a little bit further, it opens up the court a little bit more, and give me enough room to create and get my guys open.”
“I think I want to be more efficient when I go out there and play,” Rose added. “(I want to) be able to control the whole game, with me being the point guard and having the ball for majority of the game.”
Rose wasn’t horrible from mid-range the last time he played (2011-12). In fact, he was right around average, shooting about 38 percent from mid-range. However from three-point range, Rose shot a much less impressive 32 percent from the field. Interestingly enough, he shot a better percentage in 2010-11 (34 percent).
An improved three-point shot will definitely help him, no question. Defenders already have enough trouble trying to stay in front of Rose, that’s with giving him a non-shooters cushion. If Rose is right, and he will debut a little more range on his jumper, it will give defenders nightmares.
Rose is set to return at the beginning of the season, he gets to officially debut against the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. Expectations are at an all-time high in Chicago. The pressure is there, the coaching is there, the surrounding players are there and now, finally, their star is back. And there.