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STAR WARZ: DERRICK ROSE VS. STEPHEN CURRY

STAR WARZ: DERRICK ROSE VS. STEPHEN CURRY
Match-Up: Derrick Rose vs. Stephen Curry The Battle: Who would you rather have on your team? Considered by many as the “Golden Era” for point guards in the NBA, it’ s always an epic debate when trying to determine who is the best PG right now in the league. The NBA seems to be stacked at the point guard position; almost every team has either an established veteran or a promising young talent. Two players always at the top of that discussion are Chicago Bulls “Hometown Kid” Derrick Rose and Golden State Warriors “Splash King” Stephen Curry. Both players have only played in the league less than 6 years, but have already had moments that will put them in the Hall of Fame. One player is the youngest player to win the MVP award and the other holds the record for most 3-pointers made in a single season, but if you were starting an NBA team today…..which one would you have starting at PG? Today, Kaboom! Magazine.com “Star Warz” goes in-depth into both players careers and tries to find out the answer to arguably one of the toughest question in the league today…….Who’s Should You Choose? Tale of the Tape rosereturn Derrick Rose Pos: PG Height: 6’3” Weight: 190 College: Memphis Pro Teams: Chicago Bulls Career Highlights: No. 1 Overall Selection in 2008 NBA Draft, 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year, 3x NBA All-Star, 2011 All-NBA First Team Selection, & 2011 NBA MVP. Strengths: Derrick Rose is without a shadow of a doubt the most athletic point guard in NBA history. His speed alone makes him almost unguardable by any defender in the league; as he can just fly past you and get to the basket at will. Rose also has one of the highest vertical jumps in NBA history and has been proven time after time, making ESPN highlight reels out of the league’s best athletes with his posturized dunks. At 6’3”, Rose is known as a “Big Guard,” he uses his size to muscle smaller defenders into the paint usually causing them to foul sending him to the free-throw line. Rose is at his best in the full court set because of his athleticism. He can initiate the pick and roll at an elite level, contributing to his career average of 6.8 assists per game. Still only 25 years old, Rose has already shown Jordan-like leadership with the Bulls. He has led the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs every season he has been in the league and in 2011, won the NBA MVP, becoming the youngest player ever to win this award. Weakness: He’s faster than a locomotive and he can jump over tall buildings at a single bound, but if Chicago “Superman” had one weakness…..it would have to be his shooting. In Rose 2011 MVP year, during the playoffs, Rose averaged 27.1 PPG, but only shot 39% from the field and 24% from beyond the arc. Rose has improved his shooting from beyond the arc, but he still only shooting 33%…still below average for PGs. Getting to the free-throw line often, Rose only shoots 81% from the line. Barely cracking 80% from the charity stripe is not what you are looking for in a former MVP winner, whose trying to lead a team to an NBA championship. stephen-curry-wide Stephen Curry Pos: PG Height: 6’3” Weight: 185 College: Davidson Pro Team: Golden State Warriors Career Highlights: No. 7 Overall Selection in 2009 NBA Draft, 2011 NBA Sportsmanship Award, Curry has the third highest points total (54 Points) by a Knicks opponent in the current Madison Square Garden. Curry also holds the record for most 3-pointers in a single-season in NBA history with 272. Strengths: Son of NBA veteran Dell Curry, Stephen Curry like his dad is one of the greatest shooters the NBA has ever seen. Last season, he made a record 272 three-pointers while shooting 45 percent from long range. It was the best three-point shooting season in NBA history. Stephen Curry’s free-throw shooting percentage is already among the best of all-time with over 90% for his career. He’s not only the best shooter in the league, but he is also a one of the best scorers. Only Lebron James and Kevin Durant produce better scoring numbers than Stephen Curry. Curry is also an incredible ball handler and passer as he is already averaging over 7 apg for a career. Not as vocal as many other players on his team, Curry would be considered by many as a “Silent Assassin” leading his team by example. Coaches always rave about his positive attitude and professionalism. Weakness: Curry can be a good defensive player, but he doesn’t have the athletic ability to be an elite defender. Curry’s ineffectiveness on defense is really one of the things that keeps him from being mentioned among the top guards in the league more often. On offense, the only strategy for guarding Curry that worked is to be very physical with him at close range and give him zero daylight. Even though Curry is a very good passer, he has had issues with turning the ball over in key moments of games. His durability is also a huge question mark, as Curry has been nagged by ankle injuries all throughout the early part of his career. Stephen-Curry And the winner is……: You couldn’t go wrong with either player if you’re starting an NBA franchise. Both are great team leaders in their own way, both have great speed causing them to score with ease, and both have proven that they can lead a team deep into the playoffs. Derrick Rose can get past anyone in the NBA for the easy 2, but a lot of players have had success giving Rose space and allowing him to shoot over them usually resulting in long misses. Curry has one of the best jumpers this game will ever see, but if you can keep up with him and push him around a bit, he tends to get frustrated and loses his confidence. Both men play the point guard position very well, but if I were starting an NBA team tomorrow and could only choose one of these two men; I would have no choice but to choose…..Stephen Curry. When it comes to defense, ball-handling, passing, and durability; both men are exactly the same. The only huge differences between the two are Rose’s athleticism and Curry’s shooting. Rose’s athleticism is far more superior athlete than Curry’s, but Curry still considered as a good athlete. What Curry lacks in athletic talent, he more than makes up for in shooting ability. Curry shoots over 46% from anywhere on the court and over 90% from the free-throw line. While Rose is shooting far less than that at 38% and 81%. In today NBA, you need your best player to be able to knock down shots when the defense is not giving him a lane to the basket and he must be able to knock down free-throws to close out games…..both things that Stephen Curry has proven he can do during crunch time. Do you Agree or Disagree with Kaboom! Magazine.com? Voice your opinion right now on this edition of “StarWarz” by leaving a comment at the bottom.