Chicago Bulls: Is Derrick Rose the Best Player in the NBA?

James Tillman IIIAnalyst IJuly 30, 2013

MIAMI, FL - MAY 15:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 15, 2013 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose recently made headlines when he declared himself the best player in the NBA during a short interview with CNN.

While Bulls fans will admire his confidence for making such a bold statement despite sitting out the entire 2012-13 campaign, are his comments accurate?

In an attempt to answer that question, let's take a brief look at how Rose's stats from his MVP season stack up against those of a few of the top players from last year.


Derrick Rose (81 games)

25.0 points

 7.7 assists

 4.1 rebounds

45.0 percent shooting

33.0 percent from distance


Kevin Durant (81 games)

28.1 points

 4.6 assists

 7.9 rebounds

51.0 percent shooting

42.0 percent from distance


Kobe Bryant (78 games)

27.3 points

 6.0 assists

 5.6 rebounds

46.0 percent shooting

32.0 percent from distance


Russell Westbrook (82 games)

23.2 points

 7.4 assists

 5.2 rebounds

44.0 percent shooting

32.0 percent from distance


Carmelo Anthony (67 games)

28.7 points

 2.6 assists

 6.9 rebounds

45.0 percent shooting

38.0 percent from distance


LeBron James (76 games)

26.8 points per game

 7.3 assists per game

 8.0 rebounds per game

57.0 percent from the field

40.0 percent from distance



Based on the stats above, Rose's averages do compare favorably to the other players included on the list—which makes him "one" of the best players in the game today.

However, the label of the game's best player has to go to the individual who has led his team to the last two titles while capturing two MVP trophies along the way—LeBron James.

While Rose's confidence is admirable and somewhat expected, it will take an extraordinary season from the young Bulls star in order to knock James off the mountaintop.


Note: All player stats were provided by ESPN