Planning For The Future Part 1: Derrick Rose Special

Heath McGuffCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 3:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls walks on court against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 3, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  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: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Does LeBron James actually think he is the only player to have witnesses? Well if he does then he is sadly mistaken.

D-Rose is one of the most unique players to watch. When I watch him I often find my self drooling over his style of play and how smooth his game is. I even bet you do this as well.

As a sports fan I pick up on little things like attitude and body motion and things like that. When I watch Derrick Rose he keeps his composer no matter what obstacle is thrown at him.

In Game Seven of the Bulls vs Celtics series, D-Rose could have lost it and walked off the court with out congratulating the Celtics...Sound familiar? Well he did not do this despite playing well, he congratulated the better team.

Despite Rose's efforts, the Bulls still lost the series, even after a Game Six performance where he packed the perennially All-Star Paul Pierce to force a Game Seven. He shot the ball well and made some great passes against last year's defending champions the Boston Celtics.

I'm now going to explain why rebuilding for the future starts with Rose.

Number one, D-Rose can score just as many points as any NBA point guard and will out hustle any point guard in the league! He will dive for a loose ball and also is not selfish like superstar Ben Gordon of the Bulls. He is willing to score zero points as long as his team comes away with a victory.

The second reason D-Rose is the place to start is this, he played some of his best basketball in his caree rin the playoffs—this says a lot of things.

First, it says he is more than NBA ready he is already on his way to becoming a superstar.

Second, it says he is consistent and did not show any sings of fatigue while having to play a seven game series against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.

Third, this says no matter what he is going to score, and you are not going to stop him!

D-Rose scored an amazing 227 points in seven games, along with 45 assists and 44 rebounds—let's remember that he is a point-guard now.

The closest person to these stats as a rookie last season was Michael Beasley, he also played seven games, but only had 143 points, 51 rebounds, and seven assist. If you compare them its not even fair to Beasley!

The third reason Rose is the place to build for the future is simple: He was a guy the Bulls look too in his first season as a player.

Thats says a lot for a rookie to come in and dominate like Rose did. He also was the leader of this young bulls team.

They had a first year starter in D-Rose a second year starter in Joakim Noah and a third year starter in Tyrus Thomas!

I know that does not sound that amazing, but come on they played really well, you have to give them that.

Let's not forget that D-Rose won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. If you watch or listen to Bulls basketball, did you ever notice Rose comes off the bench last?

Well if you didn't then you do know. This was something a legend at the Bulls first did, his name was Michael Jordan.

The fourth reason why D-Rose is the future of this program is this, he is a player like no other. He plays the game so smooth and made one of the best transition to the NBA  than anyone has in a while.

His skills can only progress form here. His jump shot is mechanically good and he does not have a problem getting his shot off over defenders since he stands 6'3" tall and weighs 190 pounds.

He can drive to the hoop with great success and often drawing the foul or the double team. He shoots a great percentage from the charity stripe (.800), and he also made two clutch free throws enroute of them winning Game One or Two—I'm not sure which one.

The fifth and final reason D-Rose is the future of the Bulls is this: he is a young versatile player, who can run in transition and make easy baskets.

He can spot up and knock down that 15-foot jumper he has the ability to drive the ball and either finish with a dunk, draw the foul, or dish the ball out to the perimeter players who can nail a 3-pointer.

Rose is going to be the best weapon the Bulls are going to have next season along with Miller and Noah.

The Bulls are going to have a legit shot at making it further in the playoffs than they did last season, mainly because D-Rose is going to mature a tremendous amount in the offseason and his jump shot is going to be a great weapon at his disposal along with his array of dribbling skills that we saw last year during the all-star weekend when he won that competition.

I liked to refer to the Chicago Bulls as the "baby Bulls" last season, this season I see this team coming together and putting a whipping on the teams in the Eastern conference.

I think the Bulls are going to be one of those teams to keep a close eye on late in the season as they try to make a run for a championship.

With all the mismatches they could possibly create with Tyrus Thomas and John Salmons, I can see this team advancing far into the playoffs next season maybe into the finals if they play as a "team."

I would love to hear what you have to say and think about who or what is the next piece of the puzzle for the bulls? Is it a player a coach or is it a mental thing? Give me all the feedback good or bad.