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Despite Derrick Rose‘s success in the NBA, there will always be the question of “what if.” After 15 seasons in the league, the 34-year-old’s circuitous basketball career is still rather up in the air. However, Rose still makes a lot of money despite many injuries and time on the bench.

Derrick Rose’s early NBA career

Described as a “violent” point guard, Rose was explosive and athletic close to the net. The Chicago Bulls, his hometown team, chose the University of Memphis product with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Rose’s first season, 2008-09, earned him Rookie of the Year — the first No. 1 draft pick since LeBron James and the third Bulls player (Michael Jordan and Elton Brand) to win it. Rose was also voted to the 2009 All-Rookie First Team and averaged 6.3 assists, leading all NBA rookies.

Derrick Rose’s 25+ injuries

Rose’s fame skyrocketed by 2011 when he earned the league MVP and joined the All-NBA 1st Team. Unfortunately, the 2011-12 season involved his first major injury, an ACL tear in his left knee during the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The damage came a few months after he signed a five-year $94.8 million contract extension with the Bulls, creating the “Derrick Rose Rule” as his deal made up 30% of Chicago’s salary cap.

After surgery and a yearlong recovery, Rose began playing for the Bulls on October 5, 2013. About a month and a half later, he tore the meniscus in his right knee. By the 2014-15 season, he’d experienced 25 injuries and missed over 250 games. He subsequently tore his medial meniscus in his right knee, requiring another surgery.

Fans continued to see glimpses of his talent when he could play, but Rose continued to encounter obstacles, including a left orbital bone fracture to his face during the 2015-16 season. His time with the Bulls ended in early 2016. He went on to play for the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Detroit Pistons.

Four teams in four years should’ve signaled that Rose’s career was indeed not only plagued by injuries but over. Rose was never the same player as he was in those first three seasons, and some questioned if his game would return. However, the Pistons traded him back to the Knicks on February 8, 2021.

Rose saw his contract in New York extended by three years for $43 million after helping the Knicks rank fourth in the Eastern Conference in the 2021-22 season. Four months later, on December 17, 2021, he injured his right ankle and underwent surgery.

Currently, Rose awaits a decision from the Knicks on whether they’ll extend his $15.6 million team option for the 2023-24 season, according to FanSided. Sports analysts suspect the franchise will decline his option given his recent production (27 games played and a career-low 5.6 points).

The now-34-year-old has stuck it out for 15 years in the NBA. We wouldn’t be surprised if he continues to hang in there with another team.

Defining Derrick Rose’s net worth

How do you define a career beset by injury? It doesn’t seem endorsements from huge brands like Adidas are an issue. Rose’s 14-year contract is estimated at $185 million and doesn’t end until 2024-15.

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As long as Rose doesn’t retire, he nets a cool $6.25 million guaranteed with a total $10 million-plus outlook annually. And that’s Adidas alone. It doesn’t count his Powerade partnership and other team bonuses. Derrick Rose’s 2022-23 salary was $14,520,730, with his career earnings hitting $162,924,399.

Celebrity Net Worth estimates his total worth, injuries and all, at $90 million. With endorsements, it sure looks like Rose’s net worth is now defined by more than court time and a modest, by NBA standards, salary.

Rose’s worth, by financial standards, still makes him an NBA power player. But that alone doesn’t define Derrick Rose. His fans stand fast with him, and that also defines his worth. Both Rose and whichever team he joins can take that to the bank.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference and Spotrac.