On June 26, 2008 in New York, Derrick Rose was drafted number 1 to the Chicago Bulls. Coming out of the draft DRose was seen as an athletic guard with great court vision and the ability to finish at the basket.
In his rookie year DRose averaged 16.8 Points and won rookie of the year. He played 81 games the most he would play his whole career. Rose didn’t shoot the 3 ball much that season only taking about 1 a game. His rookie season made the rest of his career look bright. Rose knew he had the potential to become a superstar in this league so he worked hard to improve his game over the offseason.
Only 2 seasons after winning rookie of the year Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history averaging 25.0 Points, 4.1 Rebounds, and 7.7 assists. Imagine that, a 22 year old kid putting fantastic numbers all over the board. It’s crazy that Rose was scoring 25 a game shooting about 45% from the field. This breakout MVP season would lead the bulls to the #1 seed in the eastern conference. When it was announced that rose was the 2010-2011 MVP, head coach Tom Thibodeau said, Very proud. He’s earned it.” “Thrilled for him.” “He’s been everything you could ask for in a leader, player, and he’s only going to get better” Not only did we all think Rose was gonna win Multiple MVPs so did most Coaches and analysts. The Future was looking bright for Rose and the Bulls with them making it to the Eastern Conference Finals and losing to the LeBron James led Miami Heat in 5 games.
The season after his MVP winning affair Rose struggled with injuries constantly throughout the 2011-2012 year. Rose only played 39 games that year, but when he did play Rose showed signs of still being a superstar. 1 season full of injuries wasn’t going to change anything. That’s until on April 28, 2012 in a playoff game against the 76ers he tore his ACl. Rose had a history of injuries but none major. This particular injury would change his life and career forever. Rose would miss the whole 2012-2013 campaign healing his knee.
The 1st Return
DRose would return to the bulls on October 29, 2013. His first game back was against the defending champion Miami Heat. Rose would struggle in his first game in over a year shooting 4-for-15 from the field. Rose was playing decent averaging 15 a game but his field goal percent was definitely down from before. Still to this day Rose shot a career worse 35% from the field that short season as he only played 10 games.
The 2nd Injury
On November 22, 2013 rose tore his meniscus and was out for the rest of the season. This was roses second big surgery of his career and at this point many are thinking he may never be the same again.
Rose has gone through a lot recently struggling to play consistently and have a great season. Rose was even considering retirement because he didn’t wanna deal with not being able to play the game at the highest level. The last 3 seasons rose has played for 3 teams being the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavs, and most recently the Minnesota Timberwolves. Over these 3 seasons he has played a combined total of 97 games.
The 50 point game
On October 31, 2018 Derrick Rose scored 50 points in a 128-125 victory over the Utah Jazz.
In 51 Games played so far Rose has Averaged 18.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 5.6 APG. If Rose hadn’t won MVP in 2011 he would most definitely be a candidate for Most Improved Player. He’s shooting this season has been great as well with him shooting a career high 37% from three and having a PER of 19.68 which is in the top 50 in the league and Above the league average of about 15.00. This man was considering quitting basketball and for him to have a season like this it’s absolutely incredible. Some might even say he’s become an inspiration on how we should keep getting up when we are knocked down. After this season one should never doubt the heart, will, and determination of Derrick Martell Rose.