After showing much promise this preseason with what appeared to be an improved jump shot and a better ability to attack the basket, the point guard struggled mightily when the regular season came around.
Through nine games, Rose has averaged 15.4 points on just 35.9 percent shooting, with 4.4 assists and 3.3 turnovers. He hasn’t looked comfortable finishing around the basket, and perhaps in searching to rediscover his offense, he has not seen the floor as clearly as he has in the past.
Perhaps the clearest indicator is where he is shooting from. For his career, Rose has averaged 2.6 3-point attempts and 4.9 free throw attempts per game. This season, those numbers are almost reversed – 4.7 threes and 3.2 free throws.