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Derrick Rose has opened a lot of eyes this season with his stellar play. The 2009 Rookie of the Year is six games in to another significant jump in productivity for the Chicago Bulls. Sure, he’s fouling more so far this season (2.5 per game) but really that is the only stat category one can criticize. This kid is standing on the very edge of a familiar position for the near-elite in sports.
Derrick Rose is at that “Ok, you’re good. You came in to the League, fit in immediately, dodged the sophmore slump and are about to do the unthinkable” stage.
Personally, I’m excited for Bulls fans again. Let’s face it, it’s been a while.
Here is a list of the players drafted by the Chicago Bulls from 2009 back to 1999:
- James Johnson
- Taj Gibson
- Derrick Rose
- Sonny Weems
- Joakim Noah
- Aaron Gray
- JamesOn Curry
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Rodney Carney
- Ben Gordon
- Jackson Vroman
- Chris Duhon
- Kirk Hinrich
- Mario Austin
- Matt Bonner
- Tommy Smith
- Jay Williams
- Roger Mason
- Lonny Baxter
- Eddy Curry
- Trenton Hassell
- Sean Lampley
- Marcus Fizer
- Jamal Crawford
- Dalibor Bagari?
- A.J. Guyton
- Jake Voskuhl
- Khalid El-Amin
Wow.. I’m exhausted.
With the exceptions of Joakim Noah, Jamal Crawford, Kirk Hinrich and Ben Gordon these picks definitely fall beneath the level of acceptable in my opinion. Of course, hindsight is 20/20.
Note: I’m giving the 2009 picks Johnson and Gibson a free pass to prove themselves. Also, Aldridge is obviously a win but he never played for the Bulls after being dealt for Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa. Finally, Jay Williams also gets a pass from me for riding his motorbike into a pole and killing his NBA career. Life’s strange sometimes isn’t it?
If you were rooting for any of these other guys in your pre-Draft meeting, then you can look at yourself in the mirror while piercing your eye with a hot needle.
So here we are, six games into season 2010/11 and this kid Derrick Rose has leapfrogged the likes of Deron Williams, Chris Paul and even Steve Nash in some people’s eyes. Now I’m a sucker for backing the veteran, (Nash) but I, like a LOT of other people are looking forward to big things from Rose.
The slashing, the vision, the pull up jump shot we’re starting to see, these are all improved and all starting to shape this kid into potentially one of the most dangerous weapons on an NBA Basketball court. The running mates that Rose is currently gelling with including Noah, Taj Gibson, James Johnson, Luol Deng and Kyle Korver amongst others are a really good group of players. If these guys figure it out in time, we could very reasonably see another Bulls vs Lakers Finale ala 1991.
(Note: If this happens, I predict Ron Artest sports a high-top fade and changes his number to 14 as a shout out to Sam Perkins)
As it stands right now according to Hollinger’s Power Rankings the Bulls rest in 17th. That’s fine, Hollinger also has the Heat at number 1 and we all know how Eddie House’s Heat are going at the moment. (Seriously? Two game winning shot opportunities and they’ve gone to Eddie both times? I love Eddie.. but c’mon! Give the ball to Flash already!)
The Bulls remaining November/December schedule is tough including 13 road games. Of which seven of those are in succession visiting the following teams:
- San Antonio
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Phoenix Suns
- Denver Nuggets
- Sacramento Kings
Tell me that’s not a massive challenge? Denver on game 6 of a 7 game road trip and with only a one day break?
Wow. Buckle up Bulls fans.
If the Bulls can pull a 5-2 record out of that mess I imagine they will be really happy. What makes it even more challenging is that they arrive home to face Orlando on New Years Day and then visit the Celtics two days after.
Currently sporting a 3-3 record, if the Chicago Bulls are anything like 12-6 at this point just give out the Coach of the Month and Player of the Month trophies without blinking. Congratulations Mr Thibodeau and Mr Rose, you deserved it!
These are the type of tasks/achievements that define great players and not just Derrick Rose but all of the Chicago Bulls have a big 49 days ahead.
Bring on the arrival of the Chicago Bulls – Number 1…