9. Derrick Rose

When we began this, we thought Derrick Rose would be ranked a little higher, but here we have an MVP who was never the same after a torn ACL.


Rose’s career met early expectations. Drafted First Overall in 2008 after a season in Memphis, Rose won the NBA Rookie of the Year with a 16.8 Point and 6.3 Assist per Game year.  The Point Guard was an All-Star the following year, as he cracked the 20 PPG mark. This was a very good pair of opening seasons, but Rose was ready to ascend to greater heights.

In this third year in the NBA (2011-12), Rose averaged an even 25.0 PPG with a 7.7 APG.  Not only was Rose an All-Star, but he was also a First Team All-Star and the league MVP.  Chicago went deep into the playoffs that year, and at age 22, he was yet to reach his peak, and Rose looked to be the best Bull since Jordan.  Or so we thought.

Rose was an All-Star again in the strike-shortened 2011-12 year, but in the first round of the playoffs against Philadelphia, Rose tore his ACL.  He missed the following year, and when he returned in 2013-14, he tore his meniscus ten games in.  Rose came back in 2014-15 but missed another 20 Games.  The Point Guard played 66 Games in 2015-16, but after that torn ACL, Rose just wasn't the same player, averaging 17.4 Points with a PER of only 14.1 

The Bulls gave up on Rose, trading him in June of 2016, but this is a former MVP, so calling him a disappointment just seems wrong.  We can say that it could have been so much more, but injuries have a winning record.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 1st Overall in the NBA Draft 6/26/08.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Mets with Justin Hollday and a 2017 2ndRound Pick (Damyean Dotson) for Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant, and Robin Lopez 6/22/16.
  • Games Played: 406
  • Per Game Averages: 35.0 MP
    .474 eFG%
    .813 FT%
    19.7 PTS
    3.7 RB
    6.2 AST
    0.8 STL
    0.4 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 18.3 PER
    .519 TS%
    13.8 VORP
    31.4 WS
  • Played For: Chicago Bulls
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (2011)
    First Team All-Star (2011)
    All-Star (2010, 2011 & 2012) 
    Rookie of the Year (2009)
    First Team All-Rookie (2009)

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