The last point guard to win the league MVP award before Derrick Rose was two-time winner Steve Nash, whos currently in town as his Suns face the Bulls.
Phoenixs veteran point guard discussed his floor-general counterpart, Rose, at the Suns Tuesday morning shootaround at the United Center, and explained why the Chicago native whose scoring totals are down from last season, though his assist numbers, as he predicted, have risen has developed into more of a pure point guard.
Well, I think thats why hes such a great player, is hes able to adjust and hes able to grow every season, said Nash. This year his assist numbers are up. I think hes finding different ways to get his teammates involved in new situations, so he can take a little pressure off his scoring, incorporate more guys, make more of a balanced attack, which makes the team better.
So, my hats off to him, he continued. Thats why hes great, is because hes able to improve and adjust, even at his considerable talent level.
Nash obviously doesnt possess Roses athleticism, explosiveness or other physical attributes, so the fact that he gave his rival such a positive evaluation holds some weight.
While many see Rose as simply another shoot-first point guard, albeit more talented than most, hes stated on many occasions that he actually prefers to distribute the ball, as opposed to dominate the scoring action.
Rose still has a ways to go before his court sense approaches that of Nash, one of the NBAs all-time best passers, but as the future Hall of Famer noted, with continued development the skys the limit.