NBA Draft 2012: Who Can Fill Derrick Rose's Shoes for the Chicago Bulls?

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NBA Draft 2012: Who Can Fill Derrick Rose's Shoes for the Chicago Bulls?
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The shoes of Derrick Rose have never looked so massive. Or so empty.

Most of us didn’t anticipate Derrick Rose’s season to go down like it did, with first the numerous minor injuries and then the torn ACL knocking him out of both the playoffs and most of next season.

How will the Chicago Bulls survive without their team leader? It’s only fair to assume that there will be changes to the current roster—the 2012-13 season will see different names and faces playing for the Bulls. Most importantly, we’ll see the name of a rookie.

Nobody expects that a rookie will win the championship while D. Rose recovers, but we certainly do expect whoever the Bulls select to be capable of keeping the team afloat.

Fortunately for the Bulls, the 2012 draft has a multitude of talented rookies to choose from. The circumstances of Derrick Rose’s torn ACL, while awful, couldn’t have happened before a better draft.

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