When the Chicago Bulls landed the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, everyone already knew it was either Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose they were going to take.
Going with Rose was probably the best choice; I'll trust the team that drafted Michael Jordan back in '84 with the third overall selection.
No doubt, this guy is the Rookie of the Year. He is second in scoring amongst rookies with 16.8 PPG and is shooting a blazing 47.5 percent from the field. In addition, Rose is tied for seventh in double-doubles in the rookie ranks and is second in double-doubles for rookie guards behind just the athletic Russell Westbrook.
And to top if off, he is first in assists at 6.3 APG and second in AP48M (assists per 48 minutes) among first-years.
He has proved to be a Chris Paul-type of player. He can go to the rack and finish with any hand, and although his jump shot isn't pretty, it still is effective. His numbers are pretty similar to CP3's, with the exception of the rebounds.
All this guy needs now is a big man. The Bulls should trade Ben Gordon on draft day before his contract runs out; otherwise, he could leave without Chicago getting anything in return.
I'm of the opinion that bringing in Carlos Boozer and pairing him up with Rose would be very dangerous.
In his first playoff game today, which was against the defending champs the Boston Celtics, Rose passed Tim Duncan (32) and then Wilt Chamberlain (36) for most points as a rookie in his postseason debut. He eventually tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 36-point mark.
He fouled out in the dying seconds of the game, one that the Bulls won 105-103 in OT.
His amazing Tony Parker-like speed and D-Wade-caliber handles make him almost impossible to stop. His crossover (very similar to A.I.'s) followed by a rush to the rim is just too much.
He possesses attributes from almost every single good guard in the league. He is just so amazing and calm in pressure situations.
Rose is going to be very pivotal in the Playoffs. He stepped up his game in today's matchup with the Celtics by hitting all of his free throws and shooting over 50 percent from the field. If the Bulls want to go far, Derrick is going to need to play like he did today.
The talk started with John Stockton and Magic Johnson, moved on to Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, and then passed to Deron Williams and Chris Paul.
Looks like next up is "R & R."
No, I'm not talking about relaxation and rest.
I'm talking about Rose and Rondo; they are the stars of tomorrow.
Chicago should make Rose the second option behind a big man and not allow him to fall into the shadow of Ben Gordon. The former Memphis Tiger is just too exciting and amazing for that to happen, and it truly would be a tragedy if he wasn't made the team's main man.
Next season, Derrick Rose will probably win the Most Improved Player award, though that will be based on what Chicago does in the offseason with Gordon and others.
I say Rose's numbers will improve to 18.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 8.6 APG in 2009-10. If he continues to work on his jump shot and his range, he will be the most dangerous point guard in the league.