Pistons news: Detroit exec says Derrick Rose 'will be terrific' and is an 'accomplished starter if we need him to do that'
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Pistons exec says Derrick Rose ‘will be terrific’ and is an ‘accomplished starter if we need him to do that’

Derrick Rose

The Detroit Pistons signed former MVP Derrick Rose to a two-year contract this summer. The Pistons are going to have Rose be the backup point guard to Reggie Jackson.

An executive who works for the Pistons believes Rose is going to be “terrific” as Jackson’s backup. The exec also says Detroit will be fine with Rose starting games if Jackson is hurt since Rose has been a starter for the majority of his NBA career.

“Adding Markieff Morris, Derrick Rose and Tony Snell is huge for us,” the Pistons exec told Keith Smith of Real GM. “Backup bigs were an issue the last couple of years. Morris solves that. We hated to lose Ish Smith, but Derrick will be terrific in that role. And he’s an accomplished starter if we need him to do that.”

This past season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Derrick Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 51 games. The Chicago native shot 48.2 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 85.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Rose, who turns 31 in October, started 13 times last season. He averaged 21.2 points and 6.1 assists as a starter. The Pistons are expecting Rose to come off the bench and score buckets in a hurry, something he did for Minnesota last season.

With the Timberwolves in 2018-19, Rose became the first NBA player since 1983 to score at least 917 points in fewer than 1,400 minutes. Rose scored 917 points and played a total of 1,392 minutes.