Key Stats: 25 points, 7.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds per game
Derrick Rose was the league’s youngest MVP, and took the Chicago Bulls all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. When the Bulls needed a basket, everyone in the building knew it was going to come from Derrick Rose.
It was not until he ran into Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, playing their best basketball of the season, that someone could stop him.
The scary thing is Rose is still only 22 years old—he will be 23 in a week. Rose’s blend of power, quickness and explosive athletic ability is something the league has never seen before, and he continues to work to improve his game.
If the Bulls ever get him that complementary wing player, his assist numbers and efficiency will skyrocket.
The last two summers have been all about his jump shot, which made him a respectable outside shooter. We can all anticipate more work on that part of his game, but this summer’s primary dedication will be to improve his post game.
His workout buddies? Russell Westbrook, the only point guard that can match him in strength and athleticism, and Kevin Love. Yeah, the 20/20 Kevin Love.
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