Derrick Rose: Bulls Star Will Give Team Great Guard Depth When He Returns

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 13, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls waits for a free-throw against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 103-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When Derrick Rose completes his recovery from a serious knee injury suffered in April, his return will give the Chicago Bulls tremendous backcourt depth, which they will need to compete for the Eastern Conference title with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.

According to the Bulls, Rose is doing well in his recovery.

Thibodeau said @drose began cutting in the last week. "Everything is going according to plan." #Bulls #TheReturn

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 12, 2012

The offseason signings of Marco Belinelli, Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson, in addition to the drafting of Marquis Teague from Kentucky have bolstered the guard depth that head coach Tom Thibodeau has at his disposal.

Since today's NBA is dominated by strong point guard play and athletic teams, the return of Rose will make the Bulls a real contender in the East again.

Monday's loss to the Boston Celtics proved how much Rose's loss has impacted Chicago. Boston point guard Rajon Rondo was one rebound shy of a triple-double, and controlled the game without any resistance from Robinson or anyone else who defended him throughout the night.

Without a great offensive player to defend, Rondo was able to focus more at the offensive end of the floor. This wouldn't have been the case if Rose was in the game because he is only one of the few players in the NBA with the speed and quickness needed to shut down Rondo.

Rose makes opposing point guards work so hard at the defensive end of the floor, which tires them early in the game. Chicago doesn't have any player on its roster who can do this other than Rose.

While the Bulls have a lot of backcourt depth, they don't have many guards who can be relied on to score consistently. Rose's 20-plus points that he scores every night will be a major boost to an offense ranked 20th in the league in scoring.

When Rose returns to the court, the Bulls will have six quality guards who all have good athleticism and can shoot from the outside. Without this kind of depth, Chicago won't be able to beat the other top Eastern Conference teams that have strong guard depth such as the Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

Rose's return will allow all of the Bulls' guards to go back to their normal roles, and give Thibodeau the depth he needs to keep his team fresh for the playoffs in April.