Chicago finished the regular season with a league-best 62-20 record, as Rose became the youngest player to take home Most Valuable Player honors. Despite losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bulls and Rose were destined for greatness. Unfortunately, all of Chicago’s championship aspirations diminished during Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs.
With the Bulls up by 12 in the final minutes, Rose suffered his first ACL tear in his left knee and missed the remainder of the series. What started out as a promising career for the 2008 Rookie of the Year, turned into one of the saddest stories in NBA history.
Over the next four seasons, Rose missed a total of 119 games, including the entire 2012-13 season. Since that fateful day, Rose has failed to make another All-Star selection, as well as playing to the level that won him his first and only MVP award.
Although it may be impossible for Rose to return to the player that made him an NBA phenomena, he can still play at an elite level in the Land. With the Cavaliers entering the season with high expectations, what can Cleveland expect from the former number one pick?
Despite failing to reach the playoffs last year, Rose had his most productive season since 2011. He played in a total of 64 games while averaging 18.0 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field.
Vintage Derrick Rose! 🔥🌹
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With Rose playing alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Kevin Love, he is no longer required to carry the offensive burden he once had in Chicago. Since Rose is no longer the team’s primary scorer, it could help him stay healthy throughout the season.
And once Isaiah Thomas returns from injury, Rose will provide the Cavaliers something they have not had in four seasons. A reliable point guard who can orchestrate their offense for the second unit.
In his new role, Rose maybe the Cavs fifth scoring option behind James, Wade, Love, and Thomas. Since he is no longer the primary scorer, Rose should look to become more of a facilitator in Cleveland.
His electrifying scoring has always overlooked his abilities as a playmaker, but Rose has always been a respectable playmaker. In fact, during his MVP season, he averaged 7.7 assists per game
With the opportunity to run the pick-and-run with Tristan Thompson, Rose can create a lethal one-two punch with Cavs’ underrated forward. With his ability to penetrate to the basket and cause his opponents’ defense to collapse, Rose has the option to kick it out to an open Kyle Korver or J.R. Smith on the perimeter. With so many options to share the rock with this season, Cleveland should expect Rose to rank among the top ten in assists this year.
He may never return to the player that made him the league’s youngest MVP, but Rose’s career is far from over. And if he can play a valuable role in a potential title run, one can assure that Derrick Rose will reestablish himself as one of the NBA’s top point guards.