It's almost as if Rose has to restart his career considering how long it has been since he played a full season. Luckily for the Bulls, he's just now entering his prime, and if he stays healthy, Rose could return at an MVP level.
During his time with Team USA, Rose has shown flashes that he’s just as quick and explosive as he was prior to his knee injuries. There has also been buzz about his off-ball work, and there's still that improved jump shot we didn't get to see much of last year.
Rose will, however, have to shake off some of the rust he's shown during the group stages. He's struggled mightily with his shot and has been very passive in numerous situations. It can be attributed to him being the No. 3 or 4 option, but as one of the leaders of the team, he should look to be more aggressive.
If Rose can remedy these issues and add those extra nuances to his game, we could see him return to MVP form.
Rose isn't exactly a candidate to have a breakout season, though, seeing as how he already has an MVP award under his belt. But he's definitely someone that could surprise fans by coming back better than ever. The odds look to be in his favor.
This is easily the most talented supporting cast he's had, and while that could temper his scoring, it could vastly improve his efficiency. Like Gibson, Rose has never shot 50 percent throughout a single season. If he does indeed spend more time off the ball, having players set him up could make his efficiency skyrocket.
Rose has top-level agility and quickness, giving him an edge when making cuts. With two elite passing bigs in Gasol and Noah, there's a good chance Rose will excel in this role.
It's also that same skill set that separates him from the crop of guards in the league. His explosiveness and ability to score near the rim are among the best in the NBA, with Russell Westbrook being the only comparable player.
The main thing for Rose is health, but Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski believes the concern for injury is in the past now, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
"I asked him today, and he said, 'I feel great.' He did everything. He's full go. I think there's a part of him that's like: 'Quit asking me how I feel. I'm good.' So I'm not going to ask him anymore."
A healthy Rose could wreak havoc on opposing defenses, and that's starting to look like a possible scenario.
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