John Wall & Derrick Rose Claim They Are The Best. Who’s Right?
Both claim they are the best, but one's taken a year off and the other's never won anything.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Does anyone really think either one of these should be ranked the best PG right now? Can you say CP3? Tony Parker?
NBA players like to brag more than Germans love David Hasselhoff. It is a part of the very ethos of professional basketball. Everyone brags and boasts about how good they are on the court and how much of a womanizer they are off of it. This last week two players made the same claim and we want to get to the bottom of it.
Earlier in the week Derrick Rose claimed he was the best player in the NBA. Yes, the same Derrick Rose that didn't play at all last season due to a torn ACL. A few days later John Wall got a 5-year $80 million extension and appeared on the Dan Patrick show declaring he was the best point guard in the league.
My first issue is to decide who is better between the two and my second issue is to point out how neither is the best point guard.
To settle the first question is would appear easy since Derrick Rose has put up 21 PPG and 6.8 APG with 1 MVP trophy over his career. John Wall on the other-hand has put up only 16.9 PPG and 8.0 APG with no hardware or significant wins to speak of. Rose has dominated the point guard position more than Wall and has more success turning his skill into wins. Note, the Bulls impressive seasons under Rose's leadership. This would have been an easy call two years ago, but Rose tore his ACL and had to take a year off. Note, that didn't stop him from continuing to declare himself the best. It just stopped him from actually playing. The truth is no one really knows what type of impact this injury will have on Rose's game. If forced to pick who is better right now, I'd go with Derrick Rose, but I'd be worried.
The real travesty is neither is the best point guard or player. Undeniably, the best player in the NBA right now is LeBron James. This is obvious with his back-to-back championships, back-to-back MVPs, back-to-back NBA Finals MVPs, 27.6 PPG, 6.9 APG, and 7.3 RPG. Case closed. Get out of my face on this question.
The best point guard in the league is either Chris Paul or Tony Parker. CP3 has the cred and shine of Los Angeles with 18.6 PPG and 9.8 APG to go along with 2 gold medals and an All-Star game MVP award, while Tony Parker coming from the small market Spurs gets no love in these types of debates, but keeps doing what great point guards do … win. Parkers has 17 PPG, 6 APG, and most importantly 3 NBA championships and 1 NBA Finals MVP. Nothing makes his case better for him than all that bling on his hands. You can debate a lot of things, but it's hard to argue against rings.
Photo Credit: Getty Image.