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A Rose Blooms in Chicago.

Posted on: November 10, 2008 6:28 pm

     Two weeks into the season and the Bulls are about as murky a team as any in the NBA. Winning some games against good teams by large margins and then letting leads slip away in the fourth quarter to other teams. Through all this fog one thing appears to be very clear. The Bulls finally, after 10 years, seem to have a real star on there hands. Yes, Elton Brand was great, but he is not the caliber of player that leads a team to new heights. The Bulls have not had a player that looks as good as Derrick Rose since you know who. Let's take a closer look at this Bulls rookie and see what makes him so special to a fan like me.

     For the first time in a long time the Bulls have a player that looks like a winner. He is not just a great individual who does a lot of things well, he is a player that makes the players around him better. His insane speed causes countless problems for other teams. He is a great ball handler already. Most rookies looks shaky at best when they step onto the big stage called the NBA for the first time, but Rose looks like a savvy veteran already. He is by far the most consistant Bulls player right now. His assist numbers would be much better if his teammates could knock down their shots. Let's look at his numbers for each game so far:

Game 1) 11 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals.

Game 2) 18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal.

Game 3) 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Game 4) 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Game 5) 20 points, 7 assists, and 1 steal.

Game 6) 18 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

Game 7) 17 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and 1 steal.

     Now, it should be noted that he is shooting over 45% from the floor. I understand that these stat lines are not superstar level by any means, but they are quite impressive for a rookie players first 7 games. The key is consistency here. Rose looks to be going against the common thought process that a rookie will have his ups and downs. I think after just 14 days we have a good idea what to expect from Derrick. That is a rarity for a rookie, let alone a point guard rookie.

     I am not an idiot who thinks that Rose will not have bad games this season, nor am I saying that he is a lock for ROY or a spot on the Allstar team. What I am saying is he looks quite good and he is only going to get better, and if the rest of the Bulls can feed off his energy and start hitting their shots then Rose will blossom into a star in this league much sooner then most people thought he would. That includes me. In my very own Bulls season preview Blog a month ago I had him averaging 8 points and 4 assists with Kirk Hinrich the starter for the whole season. I just could not see a rookie point guard making an impact so soon.

     Before I let you go I will leave you with a few more stats to ponder.

These are the rookie stats of a few of this leagues recent great point guards. I am not saying for sure he will ever reach these players level, but it is still interesting:

Derrick Rose) 17.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.1 spg, .458 FG%, in 37 min. a game.

Chris Paul) 16.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 7.8 apg, 2.2 apg, .430 FG%, in 36 min. a game.

Deron Williams) 10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.5 apg, 0.8 spg, .421 FG%, in 29 min. a game.




Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2008 7:47 pm

A Rose Blooms in Chicago.

Nice blog, good use of stats and great expression of opinion furthermore I agree with you Rose will be very great and be in the group with Deron Williams and Chris Paul as the future superstars of the game. The Bulls Management needs to capitalize and build a great team around to avoid wasting his talent and potential. I myself always likened point guards out of all position in the sport and I hope there will be a rise to the position and bring us fans more Pauls,Roses and Williams who tons of potential in this league.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2008 7:16 pm

A Rose Blooms in Chicago.

Great post about Derrick Rose!  I am surprised that his scoring average has exceeded my prediction, although it is still too early to tell whether he will be locked for the ROY award.  I must admit that Michael Beasley would be the leading candidate for the ROY award since he averaged more than 25 points in his freshman year at Kansas State while Rose averaged about 14 points at Memphis and led Memphis to the NCAA championship game before losing to Kansas.  Originally, I was a little worried about the Bulls that Rose's 14-point average would not be good enough to help the Bulls, but I am now surprised that he has averaged more than 17 points per game!  What impressive!  You might be right that Rose could be locked for the Bulls' future of possible championship caliber.  If he continues doing this way and stays healthy with a few minor injuries, he could become an All-Star sometime next year or in 2 years.

Good work, Cliff!

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2008 1:44 pm

A Rose Blooms in Chicago.

I understand that these stat lines are not superstar level by any means, but they are quite impressive for a rookie players first 7 games.

I agree 100%. Those numbers are better than i thought he would accomplish through the first couple of weeks. Rose is a legit PG and will end up being top 3, no need to explain who the other two are. IMO, Rose is more athleitic then Paul and Williams, and once he matures and fully learns Del Negro's offense (throw in a mid range game), he could potentially pass Paul and Williams and overtake them as the best floor general in the NBA. I thought Beasley would do the impressing around the NBA

He just turned 20 people!

Great blog Cliff, loving the title of your entry.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2008 2:14 am

A Rose Blooms in Chicago.

Cliff, nice piece on Rose...let me go ahead and say that Rose will win the ROY hands down, sure Beasley is having a solid season tpp and yes it is too early to tell.  It was kind of amazing to see how many people jumped off his bandwagon but he is reminding everyone why he was a top pick.  But for me no rookie has made as big of an impact as he has and especially at his position. The Bulls go as far as he goes and he is what keeps them going.  Rookie PG's almost are never an impact player right off the bat but Rose is certainly making his mark on the Bulls.

By the way hope you have Nov. 18 circled on your calender... 

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 10:58 pm

A Rose Blooms in Chicago.

I wrote a message already and it said posting error so let's see if I can remember what I said.

Derrick Rose is already one of the top points in the East after only 7 games.  I see him becoming an all-star caliber player slowly and surely this entire season.  He will be the main weapon of the Bulls by the end of this season and an all-star next year.  In the 2 games I saw him so far this year he looked good, actually great.  I would actually like to see Eric Snow get on the Bulls coaching staff for the purpose of teaching Derrick Rose.  If Ben Gordon can learn how to control his energy to let is out evenly throughout the entire game I will be scared of the Bulls.

Haha please sign LeBron to a 175 million dollar contract, that means we can give Rose 150 million.  I feel your pain if LeBron ever did that to my team I would cry.  Actually I remember a man by the name of Michael Jordan who destroyed all chances of a Cleveland championship in the early 90's.  We probably would have 2 championships at least if it wasn't for him.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 6:53 pm

A Rose Blooms in Chicago.

Yeah baby! Derrick Rose showing the world why he went #1!  Michael Beasley, "Who dat?"

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