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Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose leads the NBA in FG% beyond 8 feet

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Entering Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose leads the NBA in field goal percentage on shots beyond eight feet.

Out of 78 NBA players that have tried at least 200 shots beyond eight feet, Derrick Rose is No. 1 in field goal percentage, per Kirk Goldsberry of ESPN.

This is pretty impressive, considering that entering this season, Derrick Rose usually did most of his damage in the paint. The former MVP worked tirelessly this past summer on his jump shot and the results have been spectacular.

In 28 games this season for the Timberwolves, Derrick Rose is averaging 18.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game and shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from beyond the arc and 83.1 percent from the free-throw line. The Chicago native is arguably the front runner for the Sixth Man of the Year award.

Derrick Rose scored a career-high 50 points against the Utah Jazz on Halloween and has been on tear ever since then. Being reunited with head coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota has been the best thing for D-Rose and he’s showing everyone that he is still one of the best players in the NBA.

Some believe Derrick Rose has a chance to win two awards this season: Most Improved Player and Sixth Man. While that’s highly unlikely to happen, the Timberwolves are just happy that Rose is on their side, because they would be way lower in the standings if he wasn’t on the team.