Originally Posted by NumberSix
Derrick Rose is underrated defensively. I've always given him credit for what he does defensively. Nobody else seems to. He's much better than average. The problem is, because he's one of the least valuable defensive players on his team, people assume he's just all out bad. He isn't. He's quite good actually. You just don't realize it by comparison.
No man, there's no illusion. While he might be underrated defensively, he is no better than an average defender. With his athleticism and speed, he should be able to clamp on players and put more pressure on than he does, but he simply doesn't have that skill in his game. Like I said, he does try to stay in front of his man and try to keep with his man off the ball, but he doesn't create steal opportunities, play the passing lanes and he doesn't hound the opponent man on man near enough.
Thanks for not being a complete retard.
BTW, I was thoroughly disappointed in Rose today. He looked defeated and seemed to not of learnt how to overcome the traps etc that has haunted him in the past...
Butler and Boozer were positives, but Rose's decision making was pretty poor. Couple of good early drives, but then he became overwhelmed by good Heat defense.