During the 2010-11 season, Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history and led the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the league. He accomplished both feats despite not having another All-Star by his side.
In the summer of 2010, the Bulls tried to sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. However, Wade re-signed with the Heat, and James and Bosh signed free-agent deals to join him in South Beach.
After missing out on LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, the Bulls turned their attention to sharpshooter JJ Redick and power forward Carlos Boozer. While they landed Boozer, they didn’t get Redick because of the Orlando Magic.
Derrick Rose made history in 2010-11
Rose appeared in 81 games in 2010-11. He averaged 25.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists while shooting 44.5% from the field, 33.2% from beyond the arc, and 85.8% from the free-throw line.
A Chicago native, Rose was the only player in 2010-11 to rank top-10 in scoring and assists. The Bulls went 62-20, with Rose winning MVP and Tom Thibodeau winning Coach of the Year.
Kyle Korver was the lone elite shooter the Bulls had during Rose’s MVP year. He shot 41.5% from beyond the arc and made 120 3-pointers. Chicago’s starting shooting guard, Keith Bogans, only averaged 4.4 points and his lack of offensive skills hurt them in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat.
Miami defeated the Bulls in five games to advance to the 2011 NBA Finals. LeBron guarded Rose in the fourth quarter when the games were tight and shut him down with his stout defense. Chicago didn’t have anyone besides their MVP to create shots off the dribble and score.
One player who could have helped the Bulls against the Heat was Redick, who will go down as one of the top 3-point shooters in NBA history. Unfortunately for Rose and Co., the Magic prevented the former Duke star from coming to the Windy City.
JJ Redick signed an offer sheet with the Bulls in 2010
Redick was a restricted free agent in 2010. He signed an offer sheet with the Bulls and was excited about the possibility of playing with Rose and Joakim Noah.
However, during his honeymoon, Redick was notified that the Magic matched the Bulls’ offer sheet. He went back to Orlando on a three-year, $19.7 million contract.
Redick’s shooting prowess would have stretched the floor well for the Bulls and provided Rose with more driving lanes to attack the basket. He was a clear upgrade over Bogans and may have helped Chicago get past the Heat.
The Bulls knew they couldn’t defeat the Heat with Bogans as Rose’s backcourt partner. They signed Richard “Rip” Hamilton before the 2011-12 lockout season, hoping he could be the missing piece.
Chicago won 50 games in 2011-12 and had the best record in the East again. They faced the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2012 playoffs and were the heavy favorite.
However, Rose tore his left ACL in the final minutes of the Bulls’ Game 1 victory. It was a devastating injury for the city of Chicago, and the Bulls wound up losing to the Sixers in six games.
Where is Derrick Rose now, and how is he playing?
Rose is in his second stint with the New York Knicks and playing tremendous basketball. The 32-year-old is coming off a 27-point, 6-assist game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s averaging 15.1 points and 4.3 assists in 33 games with New York since getting traded from the Detroit Pistons.
It appears the Knicks will make the playoffs this season for the first time since 2012-13. Rose has played a big role in helping the team win games and climb the Eastern Conference standings.
Since winning MVP, Rose has undergone four knee surgeries. He could have retired a while ago and let the injuries defeat him, but he persevered and is once again playing high-level basketball.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.