What to Expect Out of Derrick Rose Next Season

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For basically three seasons now, the Chicago Bulls have played in the postseason without their leading scorer and MVP Derrick Rose. In 2012, Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers. Then, he missed all of the 2012-13 season to rehab, only to return in 2013-14 and play 10 games before tearing his meniscus and missing the rest of the season once again.

The 10 games Rose did play for the Bulls were not a good sample size to evaluate him on. He looked a step slow, wasn’t consistently knocking down his jumper and wasn’t getting to the rim as much as he did before tearing his ACL. The athleticism was still there, but he just looked rusty. Rose averaged just under 16 points, four assists and three rebounds in those 10 games—all career-lows.

But despite all of the injuries, expect Rose to have a bounce-back year in 2014-15. Playing and practicing for Team USA this summer will help Rose prepare for the upcoming regular season. Although playing for Team USA is a major risk considering the abundance of major injuries Rose has suffered, if he can stay healthy over the summer, there will be no rust once he starts playing for the Bulls.

It is also safe to expect Rose to be even bigger and stronger next season. Rose was already sporting a more muscular look once he returned from his ACL injury, and it would be foolish to think that he wouldn’t have bettered his physical appearance this time as well. With a bigger frame, Rose will be able to absorb those big hits when exploding to the basket. His jump-shot will also be more defined upon his return. And if Rose can consistently knock down the mid-range jumper, as well as the three, he’ll almost be unstoppable.

But with all of that said, Rose will only be as good as his teammates let him. If he comes back to a roster with several players who can’t score, it will be a long year for everyone. However, if the Bulls can land Carmelo Anthony in free agency, and possibly re-sign scorers D.J. Augustin and Jimmer Fredette, Rose could have one of the best seasons in his career.

Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @WJac1.

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  • Jimbo

    Cmon man ABUNDANCE of major injuries??? Although i agree with you hell have a break out year but I wouldn’t consider 2 an abundance.

  • Wally Jacobs

    Hello Jimbo, I fully see your point. All I meant was, two major consecutive injuries are an abundance given the fact that most players (if they’re lucky) don’t even have one.

  • Bob

    It’s always suspect when a guy’s knees start giving out this early in his career. I don’t think he’ll be the same guy he was and will be dealing with knee issues from here on out. I would like to be wrong about it because he is a fantastic talent.

  • KING HARVEY

    knee injuries have not been deal breakers for players for quite some time unless your brandon roy or other players who dont have all the stuff in your knee that requires them to be right

    derrick rose is a rare case of perfect timing the injuries happen early in his career and they both were 100% fixed and have 99% chances of being healed back

    one knee injury was critical the other not so critical he could had kept playing this year but decided to go the long route and ensuring both could be the strong as possible.

    and also this article is abit off

    rose showed many signs of his explosion and speed and quickness when he did look a step slow it was due to him being out of sync

    the last game before he was hurt showed rose was fully back
    he was destroying damian lilard

    and shut him down

    had 20 points by thevery early part of the 4th qt and had shut lillard down to 2 points the whole first half

    he was easily getting to the rim and the bulls were whooping the blazers

    that was all i needed to know for rose and him coming back i actually think he comes back better thene ver and you could tell if rose was gonna get back in sync this year he would had been even better

    but you have to watch all his games like bulls fans do to understand that

    btw you know this article is off when he writes that jimmer fredette being signed will help him have a career year lmaooo

    naw bro …nawwww

  • https://twitter.com/HeartBreakDells Lil Man

    Once you said he looked a step slow the article became false.
    From my viewpoint Rose just looked rusty who was staying in front of him????

  • https://twitter.com/HeartBreakDells Lil Man

    This website is non-credible I’m going to stop going to .com websites!!!!

  • crygdyllyn

    FYI. Rose did look slow. He was not able to drive most of the time.
    I did not see the game he was injured in, and one commenter said Rose looked good in that game. But, I am worried that his explosiveness will be less.