On an individual level, Rose propelled himself from above average player to the NBA's Most Valuable Player a rare feat for someone of his size.
For the Bulls, Rose is even more.
He is the light at the end of the tunnel created by Michael Jordan and the ultra-successful Chicago Bulls teams of the 1990s.
When Jordan retired in 1998, the Bulls were in complete disarray.
The eventual buildup of a playoff team centered on Eddy Curry, Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon was a nice diversion, but Bulls fans hungered for much more. After seeing star power personified from Jordan, Bulls fans needed that again; they need to be back in the NBA championship picture, and Rose has done that.
Rose has the Bulls off to the races again in 2011-12 jumping out to a 6-1 start, but more importantly Rose and the Bulls have not missed a beat and despite not making a splash in the offseason.
Plain and simple, Rose is a special talent. A talent above and behind anything the Bulls have seen since Jordan.
Why is Rose such a special player? What makes him such a great member of the Chicago Bulls?
In this slideshow, I look at four aspects of Rose’s game and character that give him and more importantly the Bulls an advantage over not only other point guards but also the entire NBA.