Chicago Bulls 2013-14 Player Grades: Derrick Rose

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Feb 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before their game against the Atlanta Hawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before their game against the Atlanta Hawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls fans had waited patiently for Derrick Rose to make his long-awaited return from a torn ACL injury he sustained in the 2012 playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers.

And with him back in the fold, the Bulls were expected to challenge the two-time defending champion Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Initially, Rose’s return was everything fans had hoped for as he helped lead the Bulls to a perfect 8-0 mark during the preseason with averages of 18 points and 4.3 assists per contest.

Unfortunately, for Rose and Bulls fans, title aspirations would have to be put on hold once again after he tore the meniscus in his right knee in late November.

So how did Rose fare in his short-lived return?

To answer this question, let’s take a look back at his abbreviated 2013-14 season, including season stats, highlight/lowlight, memorable moment and my final grade.

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  • Brandy Tillman

    Good grade. I’ve noticed most of the players have gotten pretty good grades. With so many good players, why haven’t the Bulls won a championship in so long?

    • James Tillman

      Appreciate the response. Well most of the grades could have been slightly lower, but I attempt to grade on more than the stats alone. But to answer your question, the Bulls have “good” players, but not “great” ones, which is why they have not been serious title contenders the past few seasons. A team needs at least two or three superstar players and a very deep bench to compete for a title year after year. Until the Bulls are able to add multiple starts to the roster, their chances of winning a title are pretty grim right now.

  • Valerie Flemings

    Hi James, I agree with your grade for D. Rose. And whole he hasn’t had the chance to prove himself this season, you gave him the benefit of the doubt and I like that. My question, will D. Rose rise to the occasion next year or is Bulls Management saving Rose for a new and greater Bulls team? Let me know, and as always Thank you for your professionalism.

    • James Tillman

      Thanks for the response Valerie. I am thinking he will be in better shape at the start of next season compared with this year. Based on that, I think fans can expect some good things from him. However, management still needs to add a solid secondary scorer to the mix. No matter how well Rose plays, he cannot do it alone and if the front office does not give him the help he needs, we will be saying “wait until next year” for many years to come.