By Amari Lewis
Derrick Rose was drafted in 2008 by the Chicago Bulls as the 1st overall pick. The greatest comeback in NBA history, and no it’s not the Cavaliers coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win over the Warriors, is actually Derrick Rose.In his rookie year, Derrick Rose averaged 16.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 0.8 steals per game. Derrick Rose’s first injury occurred on March 24, 2009, where he sat out with a right wrist injury for one game.
In the 2009-10 season, Derrick’s next injury put him out for four games due to a sprained left wrist. He averaged 20.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 0.7 steals per game in that season.
In the 2010-11 season Derrick Rose was sidelined for a game after suffering a stiff neck in the season opener.
Derrick Rose has had a total of 26 injuries, three of which were quite severe. Through all of his injuries, Derrick Rose has thought about retiring from the NBA but he hasn’t. Derrick has been bounced around to a total of four teams; he spent most of his career with the Chicago Bulls.
Derrick Rose and a couple of his friends were charged in an allegedly gang related crime. After he was found not guilty, he had to sit out an entire season due to another injury while playing with the New York Knicks. Derrick Rose was then traded to the Cavaliers where he played with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Kevin Love. That didn’t work out so well, and eventually he ended up being traded again to the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2017-2018 season.
While playing in Minnesota, Derrick Rose met up with former Chicago Bulls teammate Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, where they clinched the 8th seed in the 2017-2018 NBA playoffs. Derrick averaged 5.8 points, 0.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.4 steals per game.
See where I am headed?
NBA fans doubted that Derrick Rose would ever be his true self ever again leading up to the 2018-2019 season. Derrick has proved the doubters wrong this season. Derrick Rose scored a career high 50 points versus the Utah Jazz, and has ever since has been a dominant force this season. He is averaging 18.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 0.7 steals per game.
And with the All-Star game right around the corner, Derrick Rose has a total of 698,086 votes which is currently second for point guards behind Stephen Curry, who has a total of 793,111 votes.
With the success Derrick is having this season, could he keep it up and win the Most Improved Player (MIP) award? Or could he somehow stick his name into the MVP award race? Or could he win an MVP award in his next couple of seasons?
What has made his story the greatest comeback in NBA history is his ability to overcome police charges and an endless string of side-lining injuries.
It turns out, Derrick Rose just may be the greatest comeback kid in NBA history.