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Derrick Rose has ascended up the mountain onto the pedestal of the best all-around point guard in the NBA.
There isn't a thing this kid can't do.
Let's start on offense. He is the most explosive point guard in the NBA and he's virtually unguardable off the dribble. His maturation as a team leader and a wildly improved jump shot helped him become the league's Most Valuable Player in 2011.
In 2012, while playing through injury, Rose has maintained his role as the Bulls' main scoring threat at almost 21 points per game. But now he has help. The addition of Richard "Rip" Hamilton has aided in Rose's assist numbers climbing nearly 0.6 per game to 8.3 per game.
On defense, all he does is fight and he is often the player guarding a team's best offensive threat in crunch time.
Beyond the stats you see what this kid is really made of. He fights through every screen, he uses his 40-inch vertical to rise up and contest jump shots and will never let you waltz past him on isolation drives.
Simple steals and blocks numbers don't tell the full story with D-Rose, and while his numbers are respectable, it's his "heart, hustle and muscle"—as Bulls' announcer Stacey King would say—that make him the league's best two-way point guard today.