The Final Chapter on Derrick Rose’s Career Is One for the History Books | Launderer report

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If sixth man of the year finalist Derrick Rose gets this award at some point in his career, he will join Bill Walton and James Harden as the only players in history to win this award and the highest individual honor. Game.

Just over 10 years ago, on May 3, 2011, Rose was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, making him the youngest in history to win the award.

He averaged 25.0 points, 7.7 assists and 1.6 threes per game for the Chicago Bulls’ 62 wins, posted an above-average live-shot percentage and trailed only LeBron James in wins against the replacement player.

For a 22-year-old, reaching that level so early almost certainly meant he was destined for more. He was on a super-duper-star, Hall of Fame type trajectory. Barring any injuries, it was safe to assume he would be even better. He could improve in defense. His rider would definitely need some work.

Rose himself understood that there was more to do.

Derrick has the practice, the stop-and-pop, the finger roll, and our favorite, the twist-curve-wind sprint towards the lane that manages to freeze defenders, not break their spine and to drop the lay-in, “Will Leitch wrote for GQ. “The craziest part? He always feels like he has training wheels. ‘I haven’t done anything yet,’ he said. ‘The best is yet to come.'”

Then, about five months after this quote graced the pages of GQ, Rose’s injury in 2011-12, when he appeared in 39 of 66 games during the lockout shortened season, ended with an ACL tear.

“It’s tough,” Chicago forward Carlos Boozer told reporters of his 2012 playoff injury. “Looks like he just can’t take a break.… I just feel for him, man. He really can’t take a break this season. “

Even with all of Rose’s absences that year, Chicago led the league in SRS (a measure that combines points differential and schedule strength). But despite their victory in Game 1, the Bulls lost that first-round streak to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games. And they haven’t been legitimate contenders since.

Including Chicago, Rose has played for five organizations since that ACL tear. The timeline of his injuries looks like something out of a medical school case study.

From 2012-13 to 2017-18, Rose played 216 games (36 per season) and totaled 1.1 wins over the substitute, a mark that was tied for 359th in the league during that span. He shot 43.1% from the field and 28.0% from three. And the most common talking point seemed to be, “Will Derrick Rose be the first MVP to miss the Hall of Fame?”

Meanwhile, a woman accused Rose and two friends of raping her after breaking into her apartment in 2013. Rose admitted not knowing the meaning of “consent.” Rose was found not guilty shortly before the 2016-17 season, his first as a New York Knick, and then played 16 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017-18 season.

In February 2018, the Utah Jazz acquired Rose from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jae Crowder was included in the deal. The forward stayed with the Jazz for a few seasons. Rose, on the other hand, was almost immediately released.

He was nothing more than commercial fodder. And when NBA players reach that point, the end of the race is usually not far behind.

But Rose had someone who hadn’t forgotten her. Tom Thibodeau was the coach of those Bulls teams in the early 2010s. And when the Jazz cut Rose, Thibodeau was in charge of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who signed the 2011 MVP a month later.

He hasn’t done much for Wolves this regular season, but Rose averaged 14.2 points in 23.8 minutes per game in the playoffs. That was enough to earn him a contract for the 2018-19 campaign, when he officially started to move closer to his previous levels of performance.

That season, Rose averaged 18.0 points and shot 37.0% on three, largely as a reserve in Minnesota. He finished sixth in the sixth man of the year vote. And he lost 50 in the team that cut him the previous season.

Since then, Rose’s production has been stable. At the possession level, he was within earshot of his MVP form:

  • 2018-19 to 2020-21: 23.6 points, 6.5 assists, 1.4 threes for 75 possessions, minus-1.1 relative live shooting percentage, plus-0.6 net score (plus-3, 9 swing)
  • 2010-11: 26.7 points, 8.2 assists, 1.7 threes for 75 possessions, plus -0.9 relative live shooting percentage, plus-8.8 net score (plus-2.8 swing)

Rose is not quite where it was in 2010-11, but coming back to that level is remarkable. Injuries have robbed us of a lot of great potential. Brandon Roy, Greg Oden and Jay Williams are a few that come to mind.

Rose may well have been a member of that group, but his playing over the past few years puts him in a different audience: those who have come a long way from career-changing injuries.

Rose joins the tradition of Grant Hill and Bill Walton. All three could have done more without the injuries, and the work they did to overcome them was perhaps greater than anything they did to get into the league in the first place.

And now, like Walton, Rose has a chance to officially recognize his efforts.

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Reunited once again with Thibodeau, Rose had a hugely impactful season coming off the New York Knicks bench. When he plays with All-NBA candidate Julius Randle, the team is plus-8.1 points per 100 possessions (91st percentile).

And his production per possession beat that of the sixth man of the year betting favorite Jordan Clarkson in a blind poll.

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Player A: 21.4 PTS, 6.1 AST, 3.8 REB, 1.5 3P, 1.4 STL, 0.6 BLK for 75 possessions, -2.2 rTS%, +1.5 Box + / -, +10.7 NetRtg (+10.6 swing) Player B: 25.1 PTS, 3.4 AST, 5.5 REB, 4.2 3P, 1.2 STL, 0.2 BLK for 75 possessions, -2.3 rTS%, +1.1 Box +/-, +7.9 NetRtg (-7.3 swing)

These figures certainly deserve some context. Clarkson played 18 more games than Rose, and the Jazz guard was supporting one of the league’s top starting five. Rose replaced a point guard in Elfrid Payton who was not close to his level this season. Hence the huge net scoring gap (the difference between a team’s net points per 100 possessions when a given player is on or off the floor).

The point is, Rose’s raw output is right there with Clarkson’s. And his ability to ignite New York’s offense will be badly needed in the first round against the offensive talented Atlanta Hawks.

The Knicks secured fourth place and home advantage thanks in large part to courage and defense, but they’ll need a few hot stretches on the other side to keep pace with Trae Young, Clint Capela, John Collins and the rest of the Hawks’ attack. .

The series between the two tips Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Whether Rose leads New York to a first-round victory or pulls off an upheaval in the sixth man of the year race, this chapter of his career presents a story on the pitch few have written. And he probably has a few more years to try and join Walton and Harden as the only players in league history to win both MVP and Sixth Man of the Year honors.

The Hall of Fame could still be a long shot (Basketball Reference places it at a 11.9 percent chance), but Rose made the topic of discussion obsolete.

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