Which Rising NBA Stars Will Fill Void Left by Derrick Rose?

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Which Rising NBA Stars Will Fill Void Left by Derrick Rose?
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The NBA just isn't the same without Derrick Rose

Instead of watching him produce crunch-time buckets, remarkable feats of athleticism and circus shots around the hoop, we're instead left with a void now that the Chicago Bulls point guard is out for the season while his surgically repaired meniscus recovers. 

But that void can be filled. 

The Association is brimming over with entertaining basketball players, and there are a handful of rising stars ready to make up for the entertainment you've lost due to Rose's absence.

They're the ones who become League Pass specials. They're the players you want highlights from every morning on SportsCenter. They're the ones who have that "it factor" that can help capture the imagination of this generation of fans. 

But before moving on, it's important to note exactly what is meant by "rising star." 

In order to qualify, a player must be 25 years old or younger, and he can't have made the All-Star team yet. If he's played during that midseason contest, he's already risen, regardless of whether or not he may be rising even higher. 

That means no Paul George, James Harden, Russell Westbrook or Kevin Love, among others. 

Don't worry, though. There are plenty more viable candidates. 

 

Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, are current as of Thursday, Dec. 5, and come via Basketball-Reference

 

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