Derrick Rose was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by his hometown Chicago Bulls. In his lone college season, the explosive point guard had a stellar campaign for the Memphis Tigers and was taken ahead of Michael Beasley, who went to the Miami Heat at No. 2.
Rose is eighth in Bulls history in field goals, fifth in assists, 10th in points, and eighth in points per game. However, he almost never played a single game for Chicago because of his older brother.
Bulls almost didn’t draft Derrick Rose
Rose’s documentary, Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story, premiered in 2019. During the doc, his older brother (Reggie) revealed that his past mistakes almost prevented Derrick from being selected by the Bulls in 2008.
“We didn’t really know Chicago was going to pick Derrick until the night before,” Reggie Rose said. “And we received a call from Chicago. Chicago told Derrick they really want to pick him, but it’s some background history with his brother, talkin’ about me. He might not be the No. 1 pick because of some mistakes I made in my life, but Derrick told the Chicago Bulls, if you can’t accept my brother, don’t pick me.”
The Bulls did their due diligence and realized the Roses were a close-knit family and good people. They selected Derrick with the first overall pick and watched the Chicago native shine for his hometown.
Derrick Rose was a superstar for Bulls
Rose appeared in 81 games during his rookie season. He averaged 16.8 points and 6.3 assists and won the Rookie of the Year Award. The Bulls won 41 games in the regular season and were the No. 8 seed in the 2009 playoffs. They took the Boston Celtics to seven games in the first round, giving the defending champions a serious run for their money.
Rose averaged 19.7 points and 6.4 assists in the Celtics series and put up 36 points and 11 assists in Game 1. Only Luka Doncic (42) and George Mikan (37) have scored more points in a playoff debut.
The Windy City Assassin followed up his rookie season by averaging 20.8 points and 6.0 assists in Year 2. He made the All-Star team as a reserve, becoming the first Bulls player since Michael Jordan to make an All-Star team.
Rose made NBA history in his third season by winning the MVP Award, becoming the youngest MVP of all time (22 years and 191 days old on the final day of the regular season). He put up 25.0 points and 7.7 assists per game and led the Bulls to the best record in the NBA. Rose and Jordan are the only players in Bulls history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP.
During the 2011-12 season, which was 55 games due to a lockout, Rose only played in 39 games due to a number of injuries. He still made the All-Star team and finished the season with averages of 21.8 points and 7.9 assists, but his body was slowly breaking down due to his reckless style of play. The Memphis product tore his left ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls’ first-round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers and missed the entire 2012-13 season.
Unfortunately, injuries kept following Rose after his ACL tear.
MVP has had seven total surgeries
Since winning MVP in 2011, Rose has undergone seven surgeries. He’s had four knee surgeries, one eye surgery, one elbow surgery, and one ankle surgery. Rose underwent three knee surgeries with the Bulls, who traded him to the New York Knicks in the summer of 2016 due to the emergence of Jimmy Butler and the drama surrounding all the games he missed.
Rose finished his Bulls career with averages of 19.7 points and 6.2 assists in 406 games. Since his Chicago days ended, Poohdini has played for the Knicks (twice), Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Detroit Pistons. He has career averages of 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
Rose scored a career-high 50 points during the 2018-19 season with the Timberwolves. It was an emotional night for the one-time MVP since he’s endured a lot health-wise and was out of the NBA for a month in 2017-18.
Although Bulls fans booed Rose when he first came back to the United Center in 2016 because they were presumably upset he didn’t play in the 2013 playoffs after being cleared by doctors to return from his ACL injury, they have showered him with love and MVP chants in every game since then.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference