Derrick Rose dishes out 16 assists

November, 2, 2010

In the United States today, voters will head to the polls and elections will be decided. Meanwhile, in the world of fantasy hoops, the referendum on Derrick Rose continues.

Maybe it's just me, but in the past few weeks pretty much every draft I've been a part of has included a debate of Rose's worth. Of course fantasy owners will always disagree on individual players, but I can't think of anyone in recent years whose fantasy value has been so disputed.

Only a week into the 2010-11 season though, Rose is quieting his skeptics while richly rewarding his advocates. However, don't call this a landslide. Not yet.

Rose went into Monday as the NBA's top scorer, but he played the role of facilitator against the double teams of the Portland Trail Blazers, finishing with 13 assists and 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting. In the Chicago Bulls' first two games, Rose totaled 13 dimes while launching 58 shots.

Early as it is, Rose is clearly looking more confident and assertive. But that could be a mixed bag for fantasy owners. If you're in a league that counts turnovers, you've probably noticed that Rose recorded 15 over his first three games. That's substantial. So too is the number of 3-pointers Rose is attempting ... and missing. Thus far he's just 3-of-14 from downtown, which explains why Rose's overall shooting is down at 44.9 percent instead of up near 50 percent.

Sure, it's a small sample size and all. Maybe, though, both sides of the Rose divide have a point here. He's a new player, but one who may still have some holes in his game for fantasy.

Looking Back

Baron Davis could be back playing for the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, but he and coach Vinny Del Negro could be at odds all season. Del Negro again spoke bluntly about Davis' conditioning after the veteran point guard missed the Clippers' loss to the San Antonio Spurs with a swollen left knee. While rookie Eric Bledsoe (nine points, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks) replaced Davis in the lineup, Eric Gordon did his best B-Diddy impression by dishing out 11 assists (and missing all three of his 3-point tries).

• Complacency is not an option for Tony Parker. Having just inked a multi-year extension with the Spurs, the 28-year-old continued his fine start (19 points, nine assists, three steals against the Clippers). Parker has certainly had his injury issues, but I've always felt he's underrated in fantasy. Yes, 3s and steals are nice, but so is a line of 22.0 points, 6.9 assists and 50.6 percent shooting. That's what Parker did just two seasons ago.

• You were warned, rookie edition: Blake Griffin is just 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the line so far, and DeMarcus Cousins (16 points but five fouls in only 17 minutes against the Toronto Raptors) will put himself on the pine.

Looking Ahead

Zach Randolph (tail bone) is considered a gametime decision for Tuesday's tilt against the Los Angeles Lakers. Z-Bo has missed the past two games, but an MRI revealed no damage. He should play at some point during the Memphis Grizzlies' four-games-in-five-days swing on the West Coast.

Mo Williams (groin) is expected to make his season debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Atlanta Hawks, but the Cavs could be without Antawn Jamison (knee).

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Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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