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That's the best word to describe Rose's first three outings. There is clearly much rust to scrape off.
His numbers are as follows: 14.3 PPG (28.8 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from three-point land), 4.3 APG and 5.7 turnovers per game.
He also hasn't swiped a steal in three games, and he was dominated by rookie Michael Carter-Williams against Philly.
Rose should have some breakthrough games in the near future where things begin to click, but there are still concerns about his place in Chicago's offense. He appears to be carrying too much weight, much like he did in previous years.
He has been forcing penetrations where there's no clear lane, his shot has looked consistently flat, and he simply does not appear close to the player who was the MVP in 2010-11.
As ugly as he has been, it's too early to sound an alarm. Furthermore, his lacking production is honestly quite perplexing after an impressive preseason.
He should return to his old self soon, but here's the question: How efficient can he be in this offense?
With limited offensive weapons around him, teams can once again key on Rose, and this will regularly cause frustrations.
If Rose's struggles linger into the coming months, then it could only be a matter of time before the Bulls begin dangling their trade bait (Deng, Nikola Mirotic, their future Charlotte Bobcats pick) to provide Rose with a secondary stud.
The fact that Rose's athleticism has returned merits a passing grade, but the reality is that Rose better turn the corner quickly or his grade could rightfully dip to an F.