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Derrick Rose Will Have the Opportunity to Mentor a Talented Young Guard

Derrick Rose will be entering his second season with the Detroit Pistons after putting together an impressive performance during the 2019-20 season. This year, the Pistons drafted a talented guard in Killian Hayes with their first pick in the 2020 NBA draft, and they see a lot of potential in him.

With Rose on the team, he’ll provide a lot of information to the young guard that will help him a lot throughout his NBA career. 

Derrick Rose has established himself as one of the elite guards during his career

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Rose did not waste any time making a name for himself when he entered the league. There was a lot of hype surrounding him after the Chicago Bulls selected him with the No. 1 overall pick during the 2008 NBA draft. Rose took the league by storm during his early years. During his rookie season, he was named the Rookie of the Year after averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds.

In his first playoff series, Rose was ready for the challenge. He scored 36 points in his playoff debut against the Boston Celtics, and that tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA record for points scored by a rookie in his playoff debut, set in 1970. Rose also finished the game with 11 assists, and he became the second player in NBA history to record 35 points and 10 assists in his playoff debut. The Bulls lost to the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs as Rose averaged 19.7 points, 6.4 assists, and 6.3 rebounds.

After his rookie season, Rose continued to dominate on the court. He won the NBA MVP award in his third season, becoming the youngest player to win the award. Tragedy struck Rose after his MVP season when he tore his ACL in his left knee during the playoffs. He would miss the entire 2012-13 season and returned the next season only to tear his meniscus. You can certainly say the injuries have had a significant impact on Rose’s career, but he never gave up.

After spending his first seven seasons with the Bulls, he bounced around the league after that. He played for the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Derrick Rose joining the Pistons in 2019

In July of 2019, Rose signed with the Pistons. He primarily came off the bench when he joined the Pistons, and he immediately became one of the team’s top players. Rose became the first player in Pistons history to record seven consecutive 20 plus point games as a reserve. Despite dealing with multiple injuries throughout his career, Rose continued to show why he still has what it takes to play at a high-level.

In his first season with the Pistons, he averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds. His veteran leadership was a boost to the Pistons lineup, and Rose was a player that added a lot of value to the team. 

Killian Hayes is excited to play with Derrick Rose

One player that is looking forward to learning from Rose is Killian Hayes. Going into the NBA draft, the Pistons had their eyes on Hayes, and when he was still available by the time they had their pick, they made sure to pick him. The 19-year-old has a lot of talent and upside to him. In an article from the Detroit News, Hayes talked about how he can’t wait to learn from Rose.

“I’m really excited to play with D-Rose, being able to learn from him, compete against him at practice. It’s a great opportunity for me to get better and to learn really early,” Hayes said. “Without any Summer League or anything, the season is going to come really quick, so being able to learn from this guy is really a blessing. I think we all grew up kind of watching Derrick Rose. It’s definitely going to be cool being with him.” It’ll be interesting to see how Hayes adapts to the NBA, but one thing for certain is that he’ll have a great mentor in Rose.