Ex-Pistons Coach Weighs in on Derrick Rose & Blake Griffin Pairing

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Earlier this summer, Derrick Rose agreed to a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Detroit Pistons, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed. By adding Rose, the Pistons gave themselves a solid point guard who can either start or come off the bench if needed.

Last season as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rose averaged 18.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. He also shot a career-high from behind the arc, knocking down 37 percent while shooting 85.6 percent from the free-throw line. And of course, Rose had a memorable single-game performance in which he scored a career-high 50 points against the Utah Jazz.

The Pistons also bring back last year’s starting point guard Reggie Jackson but decided to not retain Ish Smith, who posted per-36-minute averages of 14.4 points and 5.8 assists this past season.

With the signing of Rose, it teams him up with NBA All-Star Blake Griffin and two-time All-Star Andre Drummond.

Before the start of last season, former Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett told Heavy’s Brandon “Scoop B”  Robinson that he would start Derrick Rose.  “Yeah, I would, it’s D-Rose,” said Garnett.

“You know, you get older, but the knowledge don’t go anywhere. He’s more crafty now than ever in the pick-and-roll.  He’s able to get shots for guys, and he’s able to knock shots down, so yeah, I would.”

Garnett’s Former Teammate Paul Pierce Agreed

Paul Pierce hopped on board with Garnett’s argument that Rose should be an NBA starter still and took to ESPN’s The Jump to talk about it.

“Derrick Rose, where he’s at right now, is more than a serviceable player,” Pierce said. “To me, he’s still a starter in this league. He can still make shots. He still has a good IQ. He’s a scoring point guard. This is what the NBA is today.”

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Although Rose appears to have a few former players in his corner, it remains unknown as to whether or not he’ll earn the starting nod. Considering Jackson’s role and his familiarity with teammates, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rose with a vital second-unit role.


Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Talks Derrick Rose & Blake Griffin Pairing

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who was with the Pistons from 2001-03, recently spoke about the combination of Rose and Griffin. Not surprisingly, he sees the pairing working out well, per Fanatics View.

“They are both great players, and I think they will be good,” Carlisle stated recently.

Pistons head coach Dwane Casey was impressed with how quick the former MVP is after two days of training camp, according to Vince Ells of the Detroit Free Press.

Blake Griffin & Jamal Crawford Talk Derrick Rose

Griffin’s praise of his new teammate was noteworthy, as he went as far as calling him an “unbelievable player,” as Clutch Points’ Ashish Mathur revealed.

“Derrick Rose, I’ve known (him) since high school. Unbelievable player. Unbelievable competitor. I think people are gonna really enjoy watching him play and having him on the team,” Griffin said.

The Pistons averaged 107.0 points per game during the 2018-19 season and finished 25th in scoring. Per Mathur, Rose is the first player since 1983 to score at least 917 points in fewer than 1,400 minutes.

The praise for Rose’s bounceback 2018-19 season has been constant since last season. Prior to the Phoenix Suns’ season finale last year, Jamal Crawford weighed in on the guard.

“I have love for D-Rose [Derrick Rose],” Crawford told me previously. “I have been the biggest D-Rose fan even in the worst of times for him. He is one of my favorite players ‘underneath my age’ because all of my favorite players are older than me since that’s who I grew up watching … He is an even better person. I got to see that playing with him last season.”

On Wednesday, the Pistons defeated the Mavericks 124 -117 in their second preseason game. Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin combined for 35 points in 41 minutes of play.