In another weird internal communication collapse, Fred Hoiberg stated that Derrick Rose's double vision could be a three month journey, only the man with double vision himself had no idea:
Hoiberg said Rose's double vision could last 3 months.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 15, 2015
Rose said "that's first time I'm hearing about that" when told Hoiberg said his double vision could last 3 months. Did say it's still there.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 15, 2015
It's a bit weird how Hoiberg seems to say things on behalf of players which either isn't true (the "Noah came to me and offered to not start" conundrum) or put a time table on an injury that the injured person himself should have gotten first hand.
Oh well, let's chalk it up to misunderstandings for now, and move on.
Three months for Rose with double vision is a long time, and given his obvious struggles in playing with it, now might be a good time to come up with a plan for the point guard spot. Having Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich handle the primary load is quite simply a no-go, and since trades are for the most part a non-starter, this whole situation points to one man as the solution: E'Twaun Moore.
Before I make my case for more minutes for Moore, let me preface it by saying that sitting Derrick shouldn't happen. He's sat enough over the past few years, and sitting out would obliterate whatever rhythm he has found. But playing generally, and playing late in games, are two different things.
Derrick is second on the team in minutes (32.2), first in shots (14.2), first in turnovers (2.9), and third in scoring (12.6). His TS of 40.6% is D-League caliber, and his defense is yo-yoing from "abysmal" to "slightly below average", neither of which inspires a lot of confidence. All in all, there's too much Derrick Rose right now, and it's not helping anyone.
Therefor, I propose cutting Derrick's minutes to about 24 a game, with Moore directly gaining those available minutes, putting himself in the 26-27 minute range.
While generally unspectacular, Moore at least brings stability. He handles the ball well, doesn't turn it over a lot, understand what constitutes a good shot, and is a solid passer despite his extremely poor assist rate this season. He's not a pure point guard, and may even be considerably better as the off-guard, but he still offers more aggressive play than Kirk Hinrich, and more intelligent play than Aaron Brooks. He's not dynamic, and will probably only lead the Bulls in scoring once per every 50 games he plays, but that's not a problem as long as he follows the simple steps he's been following this year:
- Take and make open jump shots
- Provide stabile ball-handling
- Use driving lanes when available
Moore is essentially a bigger version of Chris Duhon, and while that for most would seem like an insult, in this case, it's a compliment. Say what you will about Duhon, but he was a low-mistake player. Moore would in this case come in as the first guard off the bench and, as most of Derrick's back-ups do, fly under the radar. He'd be viewed as the fifth scoring option while he's out there (unless Joakim Noah is in) and it's in that role he could provide something that Derrick doesn't: low-profile production.
For better or worse, everyone's eyes are locked onto Derrick when he's on the ball, whereas defensive pressure and focus seems to be a bit lax when Moore is in. A mid-range pull-up jumper here, a corner three there, and two free throws to wrap up a quarter isn't something to really take a whole lot of note of from Moore, whereas if Derrick does it, the whole stadium would be buzzing.
That's name recognition for ya'.
Moore is shooting 51% from the field for a reason, and it's that defenses simply worries much more about Rose and Jimmy Butler. They additionally worry about Nikola Mirotic trailing the play looking for the spot-up three, just as Pau Gasol is someone who shouldn't be left alone deep in the low post. The Bulls have weapons, but Moore might actually be the one who could sneak behind enemy lines and wreck havoc by simply playing off the attention everyone else is getting. It may not be huge scoring totals in the end, but eight points a game on 6-7 attempts with a low-turnover rate and solid defense? That's a lot more effective than what Derrick is currently producing.
For Rose, the move would also make sense. With 24 minutes a night, he's getting enough burn to keep his legs and body going, without sacrificing conditioning. He'd probably hate it, and I'd respect that, but if such a move leads to more wins, there's really no downside for Derrick either. His double vision will go away eventually, and when it has, the Bulls might be looking pretty good, and he'd have a healthy body to lean on, as the playoffs approaches.
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