From the moment the Chicago Bulls selected the 6'3'' guard from Simeon Career Academy High School with the first pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, Derrick Rose had a massive burden on his shoulders. The hometown kid had the expectations placed upon him to lead his beloved childhood team back to the peak of the NBA mountain top.
Most people did not believe that the 19-year-old had what it took to lead the Chicago Bulls back into the top tier of the league.
Rose went on to win the 2008-09 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
In his playoff debut, on the road against the defending champion Boston Celtics, Rose tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record for most points in a playoff debut with 36 (adding 11 assists).
In Rose's second season, he became the first Chicago Bull to make the All-Star team since Michael Jordan.
And now, in merely his third season, the 22-year-old phenom point guard has been voted by the fans as a starter for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game.
Derrick Rose has some steep competition in the NBA with shining stars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony. Yet it is not hard to make a solid case for D-Rose as the most exciting player to watch in the NBA today.