Blake Griffin thinks ‘people are gonna really enjoy watching’ Derrick Rose play for Pistons
Rose signed a two-year deal with the Pistons in free agency. He will back up Reggie Jackson at the point guard spot.
Blake Griffin on Derrick Rose: "Derrick Rose, I've known (him) since high school. Unbelievable player. Unbelievable competitor. I think people are gonna really enjoy watching him play and having him on the team."
— Ashish Mathur (@amathur25) October 9, 2019
Last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. The Chicago native shot 48.2 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc, 85.6 percent from the free-throw line and scored a career-high 50 points on Halloween against the Utah Jazz.
The Pistons averaged 107.0 points per game in 2018-19, which ranked 25th in the league. With Rose in the fold, Detroit should be more explosive on offense this upcoming season. Last season, Rose became the first NBA player since 1983 to score at least 917 points in fewer than 1,400 minutes.
Griffin and Andre Drummond figure to get more easy looks at the basket playing with Rose, who remains one of the best drivers in the league despite undergoing four knee surgeries.
Griffin appeared in 75 games for the Pistons last season. The All-Star power forward put up 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
Rose can take some of the offensive pressure off from Griffin, especially in the fourth quarter.