Luka Doncic says Mavs ‘will have to do a great job’ defending Derrick Rose vs. Pistons
Rose is coming off a 21-point game against the New Orleans Pelicans where he scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and hit the game-winning shot over Jrue Holiday.
The Mavs will have to defend Rose as a team, as he’s still one of the best drivers and finishers in the league despite undergoing four knee surgeries.
“He is an amazing player,” Doncic told Landon Buford of Heavy. “He was and still is an amazing player. We will have to do a great job on him. He is crafty and does a lot of things. We are going to have to defend tough on him.”
Rose comes off the bench for the Pistons, but he’s the best guard on the team. The Chicago native is averaging 16.1 points and 5.8 assists while shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Rose is the youngest MVP in NBA history. He won the award during the 2010-11 season with the Chicago Bulls at the age of 22. Doncic turns 21 in February. It will be interesting to see if Luka can break Rose’s record this season, as the Mavs’ new franchise player is in the MVP discussion.
Rose led the Bulls to the best record in the NBA during his MVP campaign. The Mavs are 16-7 on the season at the moment, good for third place in the Western Conference standings. Doncic is averaging 30.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.2 assists for Dallas.