Pistons coach Dwane Casey thinks how hard Derrick Rose plays ‘will set the tone with the rest of our team’
Rose signed a two-year deal with the Pistons this summer in free agency. All signs point toward Rose backing up Reggie Jackson.
“The guy’s been an MVP in our league. He wants to go out and prove that these last few years were due to injury, that he’s not done, which he showed last year in Minnesota,” Casey told Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
“This summer he’s been a pro. All the workouts, he’s worked his behind off. He’s got another speed. He’s got Ish’s (Smith) speed with power, which is a tough combination. He brings that to the table. He’s going to have a lot of space with Blake (Griffin) and Andre (Drummond) rolling to the bucket. The one thing we hope he’ll continue to have is his 3-point shooting. He shot 37 percent last year from three, so that’s a new wrinkle for him and the trend with older players is that 3-point shooting tends to increase and get better. I remember Jason Kidd, same thing. He wasn’t a 3-point shooter but developed into a great one. Hopefully, Derrick will continue that. Just his approach, his professionalism, how hard Derrick plays, will set the tone with the rest of our team. He gives us excellent balance in our second unit.”
Last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Derrick Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. The former MVP shot 48.2 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from the 3-point line.
The Pistons made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2016. Detroit, though, only averaged 107.0 points per game, 25th in the NBA.
With D-Rose in the mix, the Pistons should be more explosive on offense in 2019-20.