Derrick Rose Gives Clippers Solid & Reliable Guard Play
If the Los Angeles Clippers were to pursue a trade for Derrick Rose, they would likely have to part ways with their defensive star, Patrick Beverley. While this may seem like it would hurt the Clippers, Beverley has not been great on offense over the years. In his three years with Los Angeles, Beverley has averaged double-figure scoring just once and has not really been a great ball distributor, averaging just 3.7 assists per game with the Clippers.
Los Angeles does have Lou Williams as a reliable, veteran guard, but he is a much better player off the bench than he is in the starting lineup. Adding Derrick Rose gives the Clippers the ability to not only have both Rose and Williams play at the same time, but be two reliable facilitators for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to be the two high-level scorers they are.
In today’s NBA, you need a great point guard to win a championship and in order for the Clippers to be a legit threat to win a title, they need to go out and acquire a legit point guard because as good as Patrick Beverley is defensively, he is not a championship level guard. His temper and aggression sometimes gets the best of him and will wind up costing the Clippers big when it matters most.
With Beverley being more of a liability than an asset, it would be best if the Clippers can move on from him now rather than later when their championship window has closed. Bringing in Derrick Rose as the reliable, championship-level point guard elevates the Clippers’ backcourt and should keep them among the Western Conference’s top teams.