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Was there ever any doubt? Who else could be here?
The home town point guard has become one of the top ten, if not top five players in this league.
Right now, it seems he might even be MVP.
Although his trademark move has always been a cross over then an incredibly fast drive into the lane, followed by an outstanding shot that he makes, with the predictable no call.
Despite all of his talents, he never seems to get foul calls.
Last season Rose developed a decent mid range pull up jumper, this year his shot is even better. He is making three pointers at a percentage, 38%, which is elite for a point guard. It takes some players years to develop such a newfound talent for shooting.
Yet, Rose managed to do it in a summer when he also won a gold metal at the basketball world championship, where he beat out everyone’s favorite Rajon Rondo.
Rondo was cut, by one of the greatest coaches of all time, Coach K, while Derrick Rose was his starting point guard. That shows who is better, and the fact that Rose has played his team into the playoffs singlehandedly, while Rondo plays with three future hall of famers.
Rose is much, much better.
But back to Rose.
He is the best player on the Bulls since the days of Scottie Pippen and Michael Joradn, and has the potential to have his team as an annual fixture in the NBA Championship.
And not only has Rose improved his jumper, but his rebounding and defense are now very solid, thanks to the efforts of Tom Thibodeau.
Expect to see Derrick accepting the MVP this year, and the Bulls making a playoff run.
Salary: Third largest on the roster
Pretty good deal for the cornerstone for the franchise, although he will be eligible to sign a new deal this summer where he will sign a huge deal long enough to keep him in Chicago for his career.