The 100 Greatest Athletes of the Complex Decade

32. Derrick Rose

Sport: Basketball
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 2011 NBA MVP, 3x All-Star, 2009 ROY
Derrick Rose is only 23 years old and is already an NBA legend. Why? Since entering the NBA, he has gone 3-4 in All-Star appearances, he was the youngest MVP in the history of the league at 22, he's averaged 25 points, 7 assists, and five rebounds in his three playoff appearances, and he's successfully reignited a passionate Chicago fan base whose heart will forever be indebted to Michael Jordan. If we were ranking people on their likability, Rose would be top 10, as he is possibly the most level-headed, humble and, respectful superstar the NBA has ever seen. His sponsor from the beginning, adidas took notice and gave him the second-largest shoe deal ever. He's struggled this season with multiple injuries, making him ineligible for a back-to-back MVP award, but we're positive he'll be hoisting more trophies in the near future. Hold on to this guy, Chicago.

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