Derrick Rose is back, and he has brought some new weapons to his arsenal with him.
These have been put on full display during the preseason, and per RealGM, his numbers have been ridiculous. He averaged 27.2 points, 4.31 rebounds and 6.6 assists per 36 minutes, while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from deep.
Then, during the opening-night game, he was far less spectacular, as was the entire team, in what can only be described as a thorough beatdown at the hands of the defending champion Miami Heat.
The truth isn't going to be the preseason, and it's not going to be the first game of the regular reason either. He'll have ups and downs, but over the course of the season, he'll show a steady improvement, because the actual improvements to his game aren't going to go away.
I pulled out my trusty Excel sheet and did some number-crunching. I looked at his numbers over the preseason compared to the two previous years he played and estimated what would happen if he retains just 25 percent of the improvement he has shown in the preseason.
Here are five areas he's distinctly improved and how much they should affect his stats. They are ranked in order of how much they will matter in terms of his, and the Chicago Bulls', overall success.