Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose
32-Year-Old GuardG
New York Knicks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
In early February of last season, Rose was traded from the Pistons to the Knicks, reuniting Rose with long-time coaching pal Tom Thibodeau. After the trade, Rose's minutes per game shot up from 22.8 with Detroit to 26.8 with New York. This off-season, the Knicks rewarded Rose with a new three-year deal. And then a few days later, New York signed point guard Kemba Walker to a two-year agreement. At 32 years of age and with a long injury history, Rose is probably better suited to be a backup. So the Walker addition is likely a good move for Rose's longevity. But sharing the point with Walker will probably result in a minute situation more similar to what Rose experienced in Detroit. Keep in mind, though, Walker missed 45 out of 144 games during his two years in Boston. We don't know yet if Walker's knee issues will ever be behind him. For New York, a franchise that has gone years without a quality court general, it must feel fantastic to have two established options. Another interesting aspect of Rose's Knicks stint from last year is the uptick he experienced in shooting accuracy. In 35 contests with New York, Rose shot an impressive 48.7 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from behind the arc. Thibodeau clearly knew how to leverage Rose's strengths. Expect solid veteran minutes from Rose once again in 2021-22. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $43 million contract with the Knicks in August of 2021.
Personal Bio

Derrick Martell Rose was born in 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. Rose attended Simeon Career Academy high school in south Chicago. After his senior season at Simeon, Rose was named to the USA Today 2007 All-USA First Team and was chosen as Illinois' Mr. Basketball. Rose was also a two-time Illinois All-State selection (2006, 2007). During his pro career, Rose donated $1 million to After School Matters, a Chicago-based non-profit organization devoted to providing innovative out-of-school programs for teenagers. The point guard was a member of the United States men's national teams that won gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cup. Follow the veteran on Twitter and Instagram (@drose).

College/International Summary

After a highly successful four years in high school, Rose went to Memphis to play for head coach John Calipari in 2007-08 -- his only season in college. Flanked by Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the freshman guard led the Tigers to a 26-game winning streak to open the season. Rose averaged 14.9 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds, and saved his best performances for the national stage. In the NCAA Tournament, the 6-foot-3 guard scored at least 17 points in all six games. In the Elite Eight, Rose dominated D.J. Augustin and Texas. He led the Tigers past UCLA In the Final Four with 25 points and nine boards. Rose closed his freshman season with 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds in a loss to Kansas in the National Championship game. He declared for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by Chicago.

To re-up with Knicks
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August 2, 2021
Rose and the Knicks agreed to terms Monday on a three-year, $43 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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It's a relatively hefty price to pay for Rose, who will turn 33 in October, but the guard proved his worth last season, averaging 14.7 points, 4.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals across 50 appearances for the Pistons and Knicks. Rose has struggled to find a permanent home since leaving Chicago in 2016, but he was an excellent fit with the Knicks in his second tour with the franchise. Over a 20-game stretch to close the regular season, Rose averaged 17.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 made threes in 28.3 minutes per game off the bench. While the Knicks fell to Atlanta in Round 1 of the playoffs, Rose went for 17, 26, 30 and 18 points over the first four games of the series, respectively.
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2020

Rose played in 50 games during the 2020-21 campaign. The 32-year-old averaged 14.7 points, 4.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 25.6 minutes per game. The Memphis product started three contests and posted 16.3 points, 7.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 32.7 minutes in those starts. On the season, he shot 47.0 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from three and 86.6 percent from the free-throw line. The 2008 No. 1 overall pick scored 20-plus points three times, including a season-high 24 against the Bucks on Jan. 4. During the contest, Rose went 9-for-18 from the field, 2-for-4 from three and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He also tallied eight assists, two rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes of action. The ex-Tiger dished out five-plus assists five times, including a season-high eight on two occasions. The 6-foot-2 guard also grabbed multiple rebounds seven times, including a season-high five twice. Defensively, Rose registered at least one steal 10 times and multiple steals six times, including a season-high four against the Heat on Jan. 16. Per 36 minutes, he averaged 20.7 points, 5.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals.

2019

During his 11th season in the Association, Rose appeared in 50 out of 66 possible games for the Detroit Pistons during COVID19-shortened 2019-20 season. He started 15 games. The speedy guard averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game. He shot an effective 49.0 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from behind the arc and 87.1 percent from the free-throw line. Rose set single-game season highs of 31 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds, five threes, four steals and two blocks. Twice Rose scored a season-high 31 points. On Oct. 26, Rose posted 31 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks during a home loss to the 76ers. He again posted 31 points, plus four assists, on Feb. 28 during a win at Phoenix. On Dec. 14, Rose dished a season-high 12 assists and added 20 points during a win at Houston. That game was one of four double-doubles for the veteran guard. Arguably his best overall performance of the season occurred Jan. 18 against the Hawks. In 26 minutes, Rose posted 27 points (12-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine assists (only one turnover), two rebounds and one steal. For the season, the former MVP delivered 26 games with at least 20 points, 31 games with at least five assists and five games with at least five rebounds. In the 10 games that Rose saw at least 30 minutes of run, he averaged 24.0 points on 20.4 shots, 5.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds per contest. An ankle injury forced Rose to miss the last four games of the season before the Mar. 12 sports stoppage.

2018

After a brief audition with Minnesota at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, Rose inked a one-year deal to re-join the Timberwolves for the 2018-2019 season. The result was a career resurgence in which the former MVP emerged as one of the league's top sixth-men and filled in as an occasional starter. Rose's campaign got off to a quiet start as he scored just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting in the season opener against the Spurs. However, he followed that performance with a string of seven consecutive double-digit scoring efforts culminating in a vintage 50-point performance against Utah on Halloween night. Starting his first game of the season in place of the injured Jeff Teague, Rose shot a blistering 19-of-31 from the field and nailed four three-pointers to record the highest-scoring game of his career. The former first-overall pick went on to score in double-digits in 35 of his final 43 games of the campaign, finishing the season averaging 18.0 points in 27.3 minutes across his 51 appearances. Rose not only scored generously, he did so while shooting the ball more efficiently than ever, as his true shooting percentage (55.7%), effective field goal percentage (51.8%) and three-point percentage (37.0%) were all career-high marks. He also had a career-best 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. Collectively, Rose's body of work amounted to his highest PER (19.52) since the 2011-2012 season.

2017

Rose appeared in 16 games for the Cavaliers during the early portion of the 2017-2018 campaign. He started seven of those contests, averaging 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Rose scored in double figures in nine of those tilts. His season high in points came on Nov. 3 at Washington when he scored 20. Rose was dealt to the Timberwolves at the trade deadline. He appeared in nine games with Minnesota, averaging 5.8 points per tilt. The Chicago native upped his play during the playoffs, averaging 14.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest in five games versus the Rockets. Rose scored in double-digits in four of those five outings. In Game 4, he played 32:25, compiling 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.

2016

Rose appeared in 64 games for the Knicks, starting each of his appearances and averaging 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds. He hit 47.1 percent of his field goal attempts -- his highest mark since 2009-10. Rose battled injuries, missing 18 total games with a variety of maladies, including back, foot and ankle issues. Rose topped 20 points 24 times, including 12 games with at least 25 points. He notched a season-high 30 points on two occasions -- in a loss to the Thunder on Nov. 28 and again in a win over Boston on Jan. 18. In the win over the Celtics, Rose also added a season-high 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. He dished out a season-best 11 assists in a win over his former team, the Bulls, on Nov. 4. Rose hit a season-high three three-pointers in a loss to Washington on Nov. 17.

2015

Rose appeared in and started 66 games for the Bulls -- his most since the 2010-11 season. Rose averaged 31.8 minutes per game, which he translated to 16.4 points, 4.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds. The Memphis product shot 42.7 percent from the field, 29.3 percent from three and 79.3 percent from the line. Rose led the Bulls in scoring 17 times and assists 27 times. He posted a season-high 34 points in a loss to Detroit on Dec. 18. Rose reached the 30-point plateau two additional times, including in a loss to Denver on Feb. 5, when he finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and one steal. In a loss to Minnesota on Feb. 6, Rose handed out a season-high 10 assists. Three days prior, on Feb. 3, Rose went for 21 points (9-10 FT), nine assists, six rebounds and two steals in a win over Sacramento.

2014

Rose started all 51 games in which he appeared for the Bulls, averaging 17.7 points, 4.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds per contest. He missed 31 games with a variety of injuries, with a right knee issue most notably costing him 20 games. The Memphis product shot 40.5 percent from the field overall, including 28.0 percent from three on a career-high 5.3 attempts per game. Rose scored at least 20 points 21 times, topping out with 32 points in a loss to Washington on Jan. 14. He totaled 31 points, five assists and three boards in a win over Portland on Dec. 12. On four occasions, Rose handed out at least 10 assists, including a season-high 11 in a win over Orlando on Feb. 8. Against Atlanta on Jan. 17, Rose went for 23 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. He recorded a season-high three steals in a win over Philadelphia on Apr. 11. In that game, Rose also went for 22 points, eight assists and six boards.

2013

After missing the 2012-13 season, Rose returned and started on Opening Night in Miami, finishing with 12 points and four assists. He went on to appear in 10 games during the 2013-14 season, from the season opener to Nov. 22. During that span, he averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 31.1 minutes. Rose scored in double-figures in all 10 games, including going for a season-high 20 points twice. In a win over Indiana on Nov. 16, Rose put up 20 points, four assists and three rebounds. In his final game, on Nov. 22 in Portland, Rose matched that scoring total, adding five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Rose departed that contest after 28 minutes and was later diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee, which kept him out of the final 71 games of the season. Rose was also unavailable for the Bulls' first-round series against Washington, which the Wizards won in five games.

2012

Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season while recovering from left knee injury. He suffered the injury during Game 1 of the Bulls' 2012 first-round playoff series against the 76ers.

2011

Rose appeared in 39 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He averaged 21.8 points, 7.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 35.3 minutes per game. Rose led the Bulls in scoring 23 times and assists 32 times. In a win over the Clippers on Dec. 30, Rose went for 29 points, 16 assists, and eight rebounds. In a win over the Knicks on Jan. 2, Rose went for 32 points, 13 assists and four rebounds. He registered a season-high 35 points twice, including in a win over the Wizards on Jan. 30. In that game, he also chipped in eight assists, while hitting 14 of 15 free throws. He had 26 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds two nights later in a win over Milwaukee. In another win over the Bucks on Mar. 7, Rose poured in 30 points and went a perfect 14-for-14 at the line. He also added 11 assists. He was named to his third consecutive Eastern Conference All-Star team and scored 14 points in the 2012 All-Star Game. Rose started Game 1 of the Bulls' first-round playoff series against the 76ers but suffered a knee injury and missed the remainder of the six-game series.

2010

In his third NBA season, Rose ascended to true superstardom. He started 81 of 82 games, averaging 25.0 points, 7.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game en route to NBA MVP honors. Rose shot 44.5 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from three and a then-career-best 85.8 percent at the line. The Memphis product posted 23 double-doubles and became just the third Bulls player to ever score at least 2,000 points in a season. Rose also joined Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players to record at least 2,000 points, 600 assists and 300 rebounds in a season. Rose was selected to his second All-Star Game and was voted a starter for the first time. He scored 11 points, to go with five assists and three boards, in the 2011 All-Star Game. Rose scored a season-high 42 points twice, including in a win over the Spurs on Feb. 17 when he also added eight assists and five boards. He notched a season-high 17 assists, to go with 30 points, in a Mar. 26 win over Milwaukee. Rose's first career triple-double (22 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds) came in a win over Memphis on Jan. 17. At season's end, Rose was the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in both points and assists per game. He also ranked fourth in total points, fifth in made field goals, eighth in total assists, ninth in total minutes and ninth in made free throws. In the postseason, Rose averaged 28.8 points, 8.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds through the Bulls' first two series (11 games) against Indiana and Atlanta. In Game 3 against the Hawks, Rose poured in a career-playoff-high 44 points. Chicago faced Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals and Rose averaged 23.4 points, 6.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the five-game series.

2009

In his second NBA season, Rose built on a fantastic rookie year, posting averages of 20.8 points, 6.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 78 games. The Memphis product shot 48.9 percent from the field, including 26.7 percent from three, while hitting 76.6 percent of his free throws. Rose led the team in scoring 38 times and in assists 59 times. He scored 20-plus points a team-high 44 times and crossed the 30-point plateau eight times. In a win over Boston on Apr. 13, Rose poured in a season-high 39 points on 15-of-22 shooting. In a win over Washington on Jan. 15, Rose went for 37 points, nine rebounds and six assists. He handed out a season-high 13 assists against Utah on Mar. 9. Against the 76ers on Mar. 20, Rose hit a season-high four three-pointers to finish with 23 points and five assists. In the first round of the playoffs, Rose averaged 26.8 points, 7.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds in five games against the Cavaliers. At mid-season, Rose was voted to his first career All-Star Game. He scored eight points and had four assists in 15 minutes of action.

2008

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Rose had a fantastic rookie season. Appearing in 81 games, Rose averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 37.0 minutes per contest. He was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year, becoming the third Bulls player (after Elton Brand and Michael Jordan) to take home the honor. In his NBA debut on Oct. 28 against the Bucks, Rose posted 11 points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals. He had his first career 20-point game on Nov. 1 against Memphis, finishing with 26 points, six rebounds and three assists. His season high in points was 27, which he achieved on two occasions. Rose notched double-digit assists seven times, topping out with 13 in a Dec. 29 win over New Jersey, and he also posted two games with double-digit rebounds. All in all, he double-doubled eight times on the year. Rose finished second among rookies in scoring, first in assists, second in minutes, fourth in field-goal percentage, seventh in free-throw percentage, eighth in steals and ninth in rebounds. At All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, Rose came away victorious in the PlayStation Skills Challenge.

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In terms of total and per-game production, the 2019-20 campaign was Rose's best since 2011-12 -- the year after he won MVP. Seeing 26.0 minutes per game for the Pistons, Rose averaged 18.1 points on 49.0 percent shooting from the field and 87.1 percent from the free-throw line, 5.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds. He also had four double-doubles and two 30-point games in his 50 appearances. Rose has one year left on his contract with the Pistons, and it seems likely he'll be dealt at some point before the trade deadline given Detroit's status as a rebuilding team. So, while it's always risky to draft Rose given his injury history, it's especially risky this season since he could be dealt to a competing team that doesn't need him to take 15.1 shots per game or dish out 5.6 assists. Still, given his relative upside, Rose always makes for an interesting flier toward the end of most drafts.
Rose signed a two-year, $15 million deal to join the Pistons over the summer and will play for his fourth team in as many years. Rose enjoyed a surprisingly productive season in his first year full year with the Timberwolves in 2018-19, averaging 18.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per contest. The former MVP turned back the clock with some vintage play in 51 appearances. He shot 48.2 percent from the field and a career-best 37.0 percent from three despite significantly lower career averages in both shooting categories. Whether he can continue to shoot at such a high level is a question worth asking. Rose figures to fit in with Detroit as the backup to Reggie Jackson, but he could see some playing time at shooting guard as well. The Pistons' backcourt lacks playmakers, and Rose should have no problem seeing minutes in the mid-to-high 20s. Despite the resurgent efforts in 2018-19, Rose still played only 51 games and has missed an alarming 37.7 games per season since 2013 due to a litany of injuries. His health presents a clear problem, but he's proven to be a valuable fantasy contributor when healthy, primarily for his natural scoring abilities.
After beginning the year as a cast member in the Cleveland Cavaliers soap opera, Rose took a brief leave of absence before signing on with the Wolves late in the regular season. Rose ultimately appeared in only nine games for Minnesota, but he made the most of his five postseason appearances, putting up 14.2 points and 2.6 assists in 23.8 minutes per game. Of course, the sample size was incredibly small, but Minnesota apparently saw enough to justify bringing Rose back on another one-year deal. The ups and downs of Rose's career have been beyond well-documented, and at this point it's wildly unrealistic to expect the soon-to-be-30-year-old to ever regain his once-elite place as the NBA's premier attacker at the point guard position. While that's been clear to most observers for the last few years, Rose has been hesitant to adapt to his diminished athleticism, and he remains a liability as a shooter, hovering under 30 percent from beyond the arc for his career. Rose will again compete with fourth-year Duke product Tyus Jones for minutes behind Jeff Teague, but it would be a major surprise if he's Fantasy-relevant in all but deeper Fantasy formats.
After spending the first seven years of his career with the Bulls, Rose took his talents outside of Chicago for the first time in 2016-17 and signed a one-year, $21.3 million with the Knicks. Like he's come accustomed to over his injury-plagued career, Rose missed 18 games with various ailments, marking his fifth straight season sitting out at least 15 contests. That said, Rose was still one of the Knicks top options offensively, averaging 18.0 points per game, which was up from 16.4 he had in his final season in Chicago. Rose did, however, take a step back with his three-point shooting. After shooting an improved, yet still ugly 29.3 percent from deep in 2015-16, Rose was absolutely dreadful with a 21.7 percent clip, allowing defenders to sag off when needed. Rose did add 3.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and a 47.1 percent shooting percentage, though it wasn't enough to receive much interest on the free agent market this offseason. He ended up settling for a minimum deal with the Cavaliers in an attempt to join a contender. With the Cavaliers trading Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder most notably, Rose is expected to fill backup point guard duties behind Thomas. That should mean a significant decrease in both playing time and all-around production, as Thomas is going to demand the bulk of the workload at the position. Look for Rose to settle in as just a role player for the first time in his career, although that could aid in his quest to stay healthy for an entire season.
Rose was the toast of Chicago after becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history following the 2010-11 season, but his career has been in a tailspin since suffering in a right ACL tear in the 2012 playoffs. He went on to play in just 61 regular-season games in the subsequent three seasons while recovering from the ACL injury and later, a meniscus tear to the same knee, but Rose’s health finally seemed to take a turn for the better in 2015-16. Even so, Rose still only suited up for 66 games while accumulating a number of nicks along the way, and more troublingly, looked like a shell of his former self. His averages of 16.4 points and 4.7 assists per game were his lowest of any season that he’d played at least 11 games, and while his 42.7 percent mark from the field wasn’t hideous, his 47.9 true shooting percentage ranked 316th of 350 qualifying players. That figure was dragged down in part by Rose’s lack of a reliable three-point shot, a bug in his game that he’s been unable to improve since he came into the league. Though Rose’s productivity trended upward after the All-Star break, his perennially shaky health and deteriorating relationship with the organization prompted the Bulls to trade him to the Knicks in June for what was essentially a collection of spare parts. The Knicks probably aren’t banking on Rose to reclaim his former glory, but even in his diminished state, the 28-year-old represents the organization’s best point guard since Stephon Marbury roamed Madison Square Garden. Rose will be looking to restore some value in New York before hitting free agency next season, but those who subscribe to the belief that players rise to the occasion in contract years should still be wary of investing in him, given his recurring health concerns. Even if he does well to steer clear of persistent injuries, Rose’s lack of assists and three-pointers relative to most floor generals places him in no better than the middle tier of the league’s starting point guards.
Rose struggled with injuries again last season as he only played in 51 games, although that was the most games he has played since the 2010-11 season. He finished the season averaging 17.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers in 30 minutes per game. Although Rose shot 81 percent from the charity stripe, he struggled from the field as he shot 41 percent and also shot only 28 percent from behind the arc. His three-point shooting should be of particular concern as not only did he shoot for such a poor percentage, but he also averaged a career-high 5.3 attempts per game. It's likely Rose is trying to preserve his body by driving to the lane less, but he clearly has a ways to go before becoming a consistent shooter from distance. Rose has a lot of talent, but injuries have derailed his career up to this point. He will still only be 27 at the start of the season, but he doesn't seem like it with all of his injuries. The Bulls need Rose in their push for a title, but the key will be getting him to the playoffs healthy.
In 10 games last season, Rose averaged 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 31 minutes per game before he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. With just 49 games under his belt over the past three seasons, there are doubts that Rose will ever be the same player again, but even at 75 percent he's still an exceptional player who will have a major impact. With a strong supporting cast in Chicago this year, there won't be as much pressure on Rose to do everything himself. He'll especially have help offensively with the arrival of legitimate scoring threats in Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic. Rose has sworn up-and-down that he will not be changing his aggressive, slashing style of play to take the pressure off of his knees, but it won't be known for certain until we see him running the offense again. As a member of Team USA this summer, Rose did not appear limited by any lingering knee issues, though he did struggle, at times, offensively. It's tough to peg how Rose's production will be affected by some of the drastic changes this Bulls team has undergone over the past few seasons, but he's still the most important factor to his squad's success. With the type of competitor he's proven to be, he will likely stop at nothing to make sure he returns to All-Star status. Patience will be key for fantasy owners who to decide to scoop up Rose, as an adjustment period will almost certainly be required before he returns to form.
Derrick Rose's status is the biggest question mark looming over the 2013-14 NBA season. Will he regain the form that made him league MVP in 2011? Will the ACL injury he suffered during the 2012 playoffs rob him of his explosiveness? How long will it take him to shake off the rust that must have accumulated as he sat out all of last season? According to reports, Rose is now 100 percent healthy, will be running with Chicago's starters during the preseason and has even been working on his game – adding range to his jumper and a lefty floater – during his rehab. Sounds great. Unfortunately, given the mis-information that was released by sources close to the Bulls late last season – when many expected Rose to return for the stretch drive and playoffs – it is hard to trust those pronouncements fully. Instead, it seems reasonable to expect a Rose somewhere between his stellar 2010-11 level, when he averaged 25 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.1 boards, and his 2011-12 season, when his scoring average dropped to 21.8 and he was limited to just 39 games during the regular season due to a series of injuries. It's also worth noting that – even before the ACL tear – Rose was a step below the truly elite point guards in terms of fantasy numbers. He's never been a good three-point shooter; he doesn't generate a lot of steals; and his free-throw percentage is just ordinary.
Rose finished up an injury-plagued 2011-12 season the worst way possible--being carried off the court with a torn ACL. The injury--suffered in the closing seconds of the Bulls' playoff opener--is expected to take 10-12 months to fully heal. As such the 2011 NBA MVP probably isn't worth a roster spot in most single-season fantasy NBA formats coming out of the draft. If your league host allows for a injury spot on the roster, it could be worth stashing him, but for any sites that do not allow you to place a player in an injury slot and pick up a replacement, the lack of production from a roster spot for the first two-to-five months of the season would be too much of a risk to take at draft time in most formats.
Rose is the reigning NBA MVP – and deservedly so. He carried the Bulls to the NBA’s best overall record and posted stellar averages of 25.0 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and making a massive leap in three-pointers made (128 last season, as compared with just 16 made threes in 2009-10.) The addition of an outside shot makes Rose a much more valuable commodity than in his first two seasons, when he was really just a points/assists player. It seems fair to expect continued improvement from Rose in all phases of the game; when the 2011-12 season tips off, he’ll be just 23 years old. That said, it’s also worth noting that a large part of his MVP candidacy was based on the fact that he carried the Bulls through extended periods when Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah were unavailable. And during the playoffs, Miami was able to neutralize Chicago’s attack by putting LeBron James on Rose; none of the other Bulls were able to step up and make key plays. It wouldn’t be shocking if Rose is unable to duplicate last year’s MVP numbers in 2011-12, simply because his team may look for more balance.
By any reasonable standard, Rose has already emerged as one of the top point guards in the game, having led the Bulls to the playoffs and given the Celtics fits more or less single-handedly. Any reasonable standard, that is, but fantasy basketball, where Rose is strictly a middle-tier option. The reason is simple: though Rose is one of the best scorers in the league at his position, and though he's able to dish out seven or eight assists on any given night, in every other roto category, at this stage of his career, he's basically an average-or-below player. Of course, that might not always be the case – this year, Rose may have an opportunity to produce in other categories, simply because his Bulls will be the deepest they've been since the last Michael Jordan championship squad. The addition of Carlos Boozer – giving Rose a clear "option 1a" in the offense and a top-flight pick-and-roll partner – is particularly significant, as Boozer will eliminate some of the "I have to take the big shots" pressure off Rose, and could allow him to expand his game.
Rookies aren’t usually ideal options for fantasy teams, but last year’s first-overall selection, Chicago’s Derrick Rose, proved to be the exception. Rose launched his NBA career in high style, averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 assists, 3.9 boards and .475 shooting from the floor on the way to a near-unanimous Rookie of the Year selection. He then flashed his considerable potential by torching the Celtics for 36 points and 11 dimes in Game 1 of the playoffs. After that debut, Rose seems well on his way toward joining the company of Chris Paul and Deron Williams as the truly elite young point guards in the game. And there’s significant room for improvement. Rose’s outside shot is spotty at best – he made just 16 threes on the season, hitting on just over 20 percent of his attempts. His defense could use some work – you’d like to him average more than one steal per game. And you’d like to see him get to the line a little more – 250 free throw attempts as a rookie – and convert a little better once he gets there.
Rookie point guards in the NBA aren’t typically good bets for fantasy teams. The top overall pick in this year’s draft, Rose could be an exception to that rule, with his quickness, athleticism and scoring ability. Nonetheless, Rose might not be a full-timer off the bat as the Bulls have the luxury of veteran Kirk Hinrich who can share the job with him. That’s not an arrangement that will continue much beyond this season, but it could limit Rose’s production. What might make Rose more valuable is the Ben Gordon situation. Gordon says he’s not coming back to Chicago this year. If that’s the case, more minutes will be available in the backcourt. Rose can get to the basket, that’s for sure, but he wasn’t asked to be much of a distributor at Memphis. He’ll need to work on that end of his game as well as his outside shot.
Rose is eager to start his Chicago Bulls career. While he wanted to be the No. 1 overall pick, what he wanted even more was to head back to his hometown, and the Bulls were happy to comply with both requests. Rose will struggle some this year, as rookie point guards are wont to do, but he'll fortunately have a good mentor in Kirk Hinrich, who will no doubt give Rose a good ribbing for losing the NCAA championship to his alma mater. Rose is capable of helping in a lot of categories this season, and is a good rebounder for his size.
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Starting again Sunday
GNew York Knicks
May 30, 2021
Rose will start in Game 4 against the Hawks on Sunday, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports.
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Scores 30 in Friday's loss
GNew York Knicks
May 29, 2021
Rose scored a game-high 30 points (13-21 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding six rebounds, five assists and a steal in 39 minutes during Friday's 105-94 loss to the Hawks in Game 3.
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Starting Game 3
GNew York Knicks
May 28, 2021
Rose will start Friday's Game 3 against the Hawks, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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Scores team-high 26 points
GNew York Knicks
May 26, 2021
Rose tallied 26 points (9-21 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 101-92 win over the Hawks.
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Drops 17 off bench
GNew York Knicks
May 23, 2021
Rose had 17 points (8-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal in Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Hawks.
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