2008: DERRICK ROSE, point guard, Chicago Bulls
In Rose's first three years in Chicago, the flashy point guard consistently improved. Able to score and pass, Rose propelled the Bulls to the top of the conference, culminating in an MVP award at just 22 years old. Rose struggled to stay on the court during the 2011-12 season, though, and a scary knee injury in the playoffs threatens to take away his explosiveness. Now, Bulls fans will wait and hope their franchise guard can bounce back.
March 21, 2011 11:25 AM
Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose puts up a shot as New Jersey Nets' Brook Lopez, right, defends during the first quarter. (March 17, 2011)
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, center, passes the ball to Kurt Thomas, left. (March 12, 2011)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose reacts after hitting three free throws to force an overtime with the Indiana Pacers. (March 18, 2011)
Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls blows a kiss to members of his family in the stands before the tip-off of a game against the New Orleans Hornets. (March 7, 2011)
Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls passes the ball under pressure from Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz. (March 12, 2011)
Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls reacts after making a key 3 pointer during a game against the Miami Heat. (Mach 6, 2011)
Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (1) makes a move to get around Orlando Magic's Gilbert Arenas, right. (March 4, 2011)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) drives past Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson (14). (March 4, 2011)
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) drives to the basket for a score past Washington Wizards power forward Andray Blatche (7). (Feb. 28, 2011)
The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, left, and company celebrate a late game score by teammate Brian Scalabrine agaist the Atlanta Hawks. (March 11, 2011)
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, right, scores over Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith. (March 11, 2011)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose drives past New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor. (March 7, 2011)
Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls moves to the basket against the New Orleans Hornets at the United Center. (March 7, 2011)
Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, right, drives to the basket against New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game. (March 17, 2011)
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