Where Does Derrick Rose Rank Now in Point Guard Hierarchy?

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Where Does Derrick Rose Rank Now in Point Guard Hierarchy?
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Clearly, Derrick Rose's frustratingly long roller coaster ride isn't over yet.

The unbridled optimism surrounding his play at Team USA's training camp once again gave way to a wave of concern for his surgically repaired knees.

The former MVP sat out two consecutive days of practice, then was held out of the Wednesday's exhibition with the Dominican Republic, via ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau said Rose was "just getting another day of rest," but that rest comes with worry for someone who has played only 10 games over the past two seasons combined.

Without a crystal ball to peer into Rose's future, it's hard to say exactly what his absence means. If nothing else, though, this reinforces the fact nothing is guaranteed on his climb back to elite status.

Nowhere is that more evident than at Rose's point guard position, where Chris Paul still sits atop a deep, talented group of NBA floor generals.

On the strength of his past and the hope for his tomorrow, Rose still has a seat at that table. But a look at the league's top seven point guards—based on a combination of proven production, star power and a forecast of the upcoming seasonshows that the 25-year-old faces an uphill climb to the No. 1 spot.

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