Why is it when some athletes are traded to other teams, they make remarks about certain players on their new team being better than the players on their former clubs? What is my reason for posing this question you may ask? Well according to ESPN Chicago, former-Bull C.J. Watson recently made headlines during a news conference, when he mentioned that Deron Williams is the best point-guard in the league.
As a fan of the Chicago Bulls, I didn't particularly care for the comment especially since Rose is every bit as good as Williams, if not better. However, rather than allowing the bias side of myself to enter into the argument, I decided it would be better to conduct a little research to see if Watson's comments have any validity to them. With that being said, here is a brief statistical comparison between the two players.
In 39 games for the Chicago Bulls last season, Rose averaged 21.8 points, 7.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per contest, while shooting 44 percent from the field. Over the course of his career (279 games), Rose's averages are very similar to last season's numbers, with 21 points, 6.8 assists and almost four rebounds per game, while connecting on 46 percent of his shot attempts.
In 55 appearances for the Nets last season, the former Illini-star averaged 21 points, 8.7 assists and a shade over three rebounds per game, while shooting 41 percent from the field. Williams' overall career numbers are slightly different than the numbers he posted during the 2011-2012 campaign. Over the course of 506 games, Williams' numbers include 17.6 points, 9.2 assists and three rebounds per game, while shooting a respectable 46 percent from the field.
Based on the numbers above, it would appear that both players give their respective teams the same level of production. However, I have to give the edge to Rose because he has an MVP award on his resume and he is a better finisher than Williams. Along with that, we saw just how different the Bulls were once Rose went down with the knee injury in the opening game of the playoffs. With or without Williams in the lineup, the Nets have not had much to boast about since he arrived in February of 2011.
James Tillman III is a resident of the Chicago-land area, who has followed the Chicago Bulls since the 1987-1988 season. James is also a Featured Sports Contributor for Yahoo Network and a Sports Journalist for Sports Rantz Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @jtillman9693.
Sources:NBA.com Player Profile - Deron Williams
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