Rick Carlisle was talking recently about the point-guard
position in the NBA and he mentioned about the importance of having somebody
who can man that spot.
“When we were at Basketball Without Borders in Africa,
when we’d have our draft for teams, point guards always went
first,’’ he said. “You have to have a good one.’’
Tonight, the Mavericks will see another great one in
Chicago’s Derrick Rose. He follows two games against New Orleans’
Before that, it was Boston’s Rajon Rondo. Next week it
will be Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker and the improving Rodney Stuckey.
“Five or six years ago, it was wing
players,’’ said Jason Terry. “Before that, it was big men.
And in a few more years, it might be big men again.
“This is why we have a great game. The key position
keeps cycling. Right now, we’re back to the speedy point guards who can
not only run the team but score. You see one every night just
Rose is among the elite at the moment. He’s had
back-to-back 33-point games and has risen to No. 4 in the league in scoring at
25.5 points per game. He’s also among the league’s top 10 at 8.7
assists per game.
“He’s a great player,’’ Carlisle
said. “Right now, he’s one of the best players in the game. His
team has a winning record in large part because of him. He’s one of the
more difficult players on the planet to guard. He’s an MVP candidate.
That’s how good he is and how important he is to his team.’’
It also should be noted that Rose averages four turnovers a
game, making his assist-to-turnover ratio only slightly more than 2-to-1.
Jason Kidd, in contrast, has more than a 3-to-1 ratio.