So a regular questioner emailed a couple weeks ago to ask how many of Derrick Rose’s 3-point attempts have been desperation heaves at ends of quarters and how good his 3-point percentage would be if he hadn’t taken them. I responded privately by saying it was a great question, but the only way to determine that would be to comb through the play-by-play of every box score from this season and I had more pressing things to do like a) impaling myself with sharp objects; b) arranging my sock drawer and c) oh, I don’t know, saying hi to my kids.
So this dude, name of Kris Konrath, sends me this email Wednesday: “OK, I did it. I looked up the shot charts of every game and counted how many desperation 3s Rose took this year so far. I count a desperation 3 as a 33-foot or more shot at the end of a quarter. By my count, he has taken 19 and I cite them all below.”
Konrath goes on to detail how Rose’s 3-point percentage would be 35.2 percent instead of 33.2 percent if he didn’t take these shots and his overall shooting percentage would be 44.3 percent instead of 43.8 percent. Konrath concludes with this beauty: “Yeah, can you tell I have some time on my hands?”
I think the above proves at least one of three things: 1) I’m lazy; 2) Konrath is either completely nuts or completely diligent; and c) Rose truly doesn’t care about statistics since he repeatedly flings halfcourt heaves at ends of quarters that have little chance to go in because it’s the right basketball play. All but No. 1 are good things.
I was glad Johnson brought up this subject and even gladder one of his readers crunched the numbers. It’s been on my mind for a while, particularly in light of Rose’s lowered shooting percentages, and I will admit to cringing every time Derrick launches a desperation three at whichever buzzer is buzzing.
Still, the underlying point, which Johnson makes, is that Rose doesn’t care about statistics. He cares about making the right plays and about winning. That’s not to say he’s not shooting too many threes in general — he is — but his lack of concern with launching buzzer-beaters certainly hasn’t done his shooting stats any favors.