Sunday , Feb , 08 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Best point guard of 2008 NBA Draft: Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, or Mario Chalmers?

Early on, he was easily the best point guard from the 2008 NBA Draft. While many remain ‘bullish’ on this Bull, other rookie table-setters have emerged to grab some limelight. Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly a major part of Oklahoma City’s future. The explosive UCLA grad became the Thunder’s starting point guard after seventeen games and has yet to look back. Meanwhile, Mario Chalmers, a controversial late pick, has been solid for Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat …

Best point guard of 2008 NBA Draft: Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, or Mario Chalmers?HoopsVibe the Blog regularly drops a player comparison for fans to weigh-in on. We call it head-to-head …

Don’t look now, but Derrick Rose has company.

Early on, he was easily the best point guard from the 2008 NBA Draft. While many remain ‘bullish’ on this Bull, other rookie table-setters have emerged to grab some limelight.

Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly a major part of Oklahoma City’s future. The explosive UCLA grad became the Thunder’s starting point guard after seventeen games and has yet to look back. Meanwhile, Mario Chalmers, a controversial late pick, has been solid for Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat.

In this edition of head-to-head, HoopsVibe the Blog is determining the best first-year table-setter: Rose, Westbrook, or Chalmers? As always, read the post, and get at us with thoughts in the comment box.  

The Case for Rose …

The best player to call Chicago home since you-know-who in the nineties, Rose is special. From day one, he has been the starter, posting 17 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds per game.

However, Rose’s best attribute is his composure. To successfully take the reins of your hometown team after one year of college is impressive. Hopefully, the organization gets it together and puts this rare talent in a position to succeed.

The Case for Westbrook …

His aerial antics have entertained and given this relocated franchise an identity. But Westbrook is more than a high-flyer. This west coaster has dropped similar numbers to Rose –15 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game- in less playing time.

Thunder executive Sam Presti has built a young nucleus, managed the cap wisely, and collected draft picks, so Westbrook will have help.

The Case for Chalmers …

Chalmer’s career got off to a rocky start when he was tossed from the NBA rookie transition program for marijuana possession. The second round pick was then scolded by Commissioner David Stern and forced to apologize publicly.

Clearly, Chalmers learned his lesson. All season, he has manned Miami’s starting point guard spot, averaging a respectable 10 points and 5 assists per contest. However, the Kansas grad seems like a complementary piece and lacks the size to be a star.

Bottom line:  We’ll take Rose. Right now, Rose is still further along than Westbrook. But the early season gap is closing fast. And Oklahoma City, even though they are losing games, has a direction and future, while John Paxson has ruined Chicago.

Hoop heads love the Chris Paul or Deron Williams debate. Well, they’ll also love comparing Rose and Westbrook for years to come.

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