The 2010-2011 NBA season is in full swing, and the Bulls are off to a great start despite losing their all-star off season acquisition in Carlos Boozer for the beginning of the season. When Boozer went down in the pre-season due to an off the court injury, the Bulls looked to their young point guard, Derrick Rose to pick up the slack, and boy has he. Rose is third in the league in points per game
averaging 26.6 points per game, trailing only last years scoring champion Kevin Durant. With the season already in full swing, I am going to point out the many positives that Rose has shown thus far in the season and talk about what Bulls fans can look forward to for the rest of the season.
Obviously the main thing that Rose is doing extremely well is scoring the basketball. With Boozer on the bench, Rose has had to shoulder nearly all of the load and on a number of occasions he has been looked at to bring the team back when they are down late in the ball game. An example of this came in the game against the Houston Rockets. The Bulls entered the fourth quarter of a
road game against the Rockets down 8 points and had been struggling to find their offensive rhythm all game. Rose took over and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Bulls to a 3 point victory over the Rockets. Rose has done a lot of scoring for the team, but he has also been passing the ball better than ever.
A very underrated part of Rose’s game is his ability to pass the ball. Many people said he wasn’t a great passing point guard, but I beg to differ. This season Rose is averaging 8.2 assists per game, good enough for 8th in the league. Being able to average over 8 assists per game while scoring that many points per game is something to be amazed by. Another element that Rose has brought to the table this year is his 3-point shot. While this shot is not his go to shot, he has been making it. Being able to make a 3-point shot has really stretched the floor for Rose and has allowed him to get to the hoop a lot easier than the past 2 years.
In my opinion, Rose has done more for his team so far this season than any other player in the NBA. Without Derrick in the game, the Bulls struggle to find their offensive rhythm and it is tough for them to score. Rose brings so much to the table for the Bulls that he has to be included in the Most Valuable Player talks because he is so valuable to his team. In just his third season Rose has already
pushed himself to super star status, and with years ahead of him, don’t be surprised if he becomes the best player in the league.
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