Derrick Rose and the desperation three

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune writes:

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.”

Um. Wow.

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.

6 Responses to Derrick Rose and the desperation three

    chitown4life April 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Wow Stop it already the haters just have too much time on there hands. Derrick rose by all accounts will be this years MVP , even LBJ says he thinks he will win the award yet does not say he thinks he deserves the award once again he cries for vote maybe. Time to stop beating at this kid and great player his game is like no other to really compare to at his position.D Rose is special plain and simple time to move on from this topic find something new to talk about the haters live to hate. Peace

    Mr Bull April 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Derrick will be the MVP………..of the Finals.

  3. Ryan April 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Too many times I see players hesitate, just to shoot after the buzzer, to save a small percentage point on their numbers. D Rose has it right… keep chuckin! One will go in at some point.

    @ chitown – Where were the haters? There was no mention of Lebron or who will be MVP. I think the Spellchecker has you on edge (jk).

  4. Brian April 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    there is nothing in this article even remotely derogatory about d-rose, except for the fact that he chucks a few too many threes. the main point of the article is to point out how his three point percentage would actually be a very respectable 35% if he had refrained from chucking up halfcourt heaves at the end of quarters. i think MOST of us understood that…

    chitown4life April 2, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    Oh there is the hater the one with very little knowlegde about sports , but will make a point to point out in propper spelling and things. Ryan your soo funny not lol j/k but there is the teacher now only Brian you are on the wrong site geez find it dang this is all about sports class dismissed. Peace


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