Finally, we have Derrick Rose. The main reason why the Chicago Bulls are back on the map. With only three seasons under his belt, D-Rose continues to get better with each season. This year, his numbers hit a career-high with 25 points per game, 7.7 assists per game, and 4.1 rebounds per game. Some will say that the numbers don't pop out at anyone, but when did the award name change to Most Statistical Player? After winning Rookie of the Year in the 2008-2009 season, and racking up All-Star game selections the last two years, Rose's meteoric rise seems destined for an MVP award. Maybe this year is the year.
Quick Move to the Angry Slam
DATE: 11/4/2010 vs. New York Knicks
COMPLEX SAYS: Blake Griffin executes highlight dunks on the Knicks. LeBron provides great shots, dishes, and stuffs whenever he squares off with New York. So, it should come as no surprise that we add Rose to that ever-growing list.
Quick Pass to Brewer
DATE: 11/8/2010 vs. Denver Nuggets
COMPLEX SAYS: For the most part, Rose is a fundamental passer. Not as flashy as Mr. Jason Kidd, but from time to time, dude can cook up some sweet dishes. Cue the Lil B cooking dance.
Going Up for the Alley-Oop
DATE: 1/10/2011 vs. Detroit Pistons
COMPLEX SAYS: Three years in the league and people are already starting up the Jordan comparisons. Sure, he also plays for the Bulls. But if you freeze it at the right moment, that finish looked a lot like the "Jumpman" logo. You can't get much more Jordan-like than that.
Soaring for the Block
DATE: 4/2/2011 vs. Toronto Raptors
COMPLEX SAYS: After getting his arm pulled by Jerryd Bayless to force the fast break, D-Rose raced to the other side of the court to stuff that shot attempt by James Johnson. Hey Raptors, karma's a bitch, ain't it?
Clutch Game-Tying Three
DATE: 12/4/2010 vs. Houston Rockets
COMPLEX SAYS: Plain and simple, some people have that "clutch gene," and some people don't. With this game-tying three by Rose, homie's definitely got it.