Derrick Rose feels like a different player after signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer and believes he can make a huge contribution to their championship run.
The point guard weighed up his options as a free agent during the offseason and decided to sign a one-year minimum contract with the Cavs worth $2.1 million.
The opportunity to compete for a title was one that Rose felt he couldn't refuse and was keen to represent a winning team.
Despite a rocky year with the New York Knicks last season, the three-time All-Star still averaged 18 points per game and proved that he can still be productive on the offensive end of the floor.
With Isaiah Thomas out until at least January with a hip injury, D.Rose will be starting for the Cavs and will have a major role to play in dictating their offence.
The Cavaliers place a huge emphasis on floor spacing and three-point shooting as they hit 1,067 as a team last year.
There is a concern about where Rose will fit into this as he endured his worst campaign shooting from beyond the arc.
The 28-year-old shot a career-low 21.7 percent from downtown and made just 13-of-60 attempts. For his career, the former MVP is just a 29.8 percent shooter from range.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Rose addressed the concerns over his three-point shooting and explained why it was so bad in New York.
"Last year when you're only shooting 14 to 15 shots and they want four or five of those shots to be threes, do you know how efficient you have to be out of the eight or nine shots [to still average close to 20 points]? At the end of the day, when you get paid, they look at numbers."
The former Bulls man has a point and is willing to accept that he isn't the best shooter from the perimeter.
But he will certainly get better looks from distance with Cleveland playing alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love.
With that duo commanding much of the attention, it will give others a chance to step out and get open as LeBron will find them.
But head coach Tyronn Lue would be best served to play Rose in lineups that feature expert shooters in order for him to use driving lanes and do what he does best in getting to the basket.
Lue has a star-studded roster at his disposal and will have his work cut out in fitting all the pieces together to secure another championship.News Now - Sport News