Picked 1st overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by Chicago Bulls.
Derrick Rose had an incredible start of his career, and he might be one of the biggest "what ifs" in NBA history.
In 2007 he was named Illinois Mr. Basketball while playing for Simeon Career Academy. In 2008 he took his Memphis Tigers to the NCAA finals while also setting the NCAA mark for most wins in a season. This while being a freshman. He was selected 1st overall by his hometown Chicago in the NBA draft that very same year as the first point guard to be selected with the first overall pick since Allen Iverson in 1996. In 2009 he won the NBA Rookie of The Year award. In 2010 he was selected by the league coaches for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. In 2011 he led his Chicago Bulls to a league best record and became the youngest MVP in NBA history after averaging 25.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. He even made the NBA make an exception rule dubbed the "Derrick Rose Rule"
to accommodate young players of his talent.
After only have missed 4 NBA games his previous three years in the league he missed 12 games late in the 2011 - 2012 season due to various minor injuries. When he came back for Game 1 against Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2012 playoffs he tore his ACL with 1 minute and 20 seconds left of the game.
Subsequently he sat out the 2012 - 2013 season, and after 10 rusty games the next season he tore his right knee meniscus and sat out for the remaining of the 2013 - 2014 season.
He returned for the 2014 - 2015 season after only have played 15 regular season games during the last 2 years and 7 months. As expected he was again quite rusty and had to sit out a lot of games in the beginning of the season. On February 24, after only have played 51 games and a career low 30.0 minutes per game it was announced that Rose had re-teared his right knee meniscus, and he sat out for the remainder of the season.
Before the 2015 - 2016 season even could begin he took a took an elbow to his eye (thanks, Taj) in practice, which led to him having to play with a face mask while also seeing double and losing his depth perception for the the rest of 2015. When he eventually got his sight back he actually looked quite good, but with one year left on his contract after the season Chicago Bulls decided to trade him to New York Knicks for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.
During his 8 years in Chicago Rose played 406 games, averaging 19.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game.
It remains to be seen if Rose can become anything close to the player he once was or if he'll just become an episode on ESPN 30 for 30. Even if he does come back, it won't be in Chicago, where so many fans thought he would bring a championship.