Former NBA MVP and Rookie of the Year, Derrick Rose, has agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the Detroit Pistons.
Enjoying a resurgence with Minnesota last year, Rose finished his 2018-2019 campaign with an average of 18.0 points and 4.3 assists per game. He also shot well from 3-point range at 37 percent. His career averages are 18.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
His highlight with the Timberwolves, though, was his first and only 50-point performance against the Utah Jazz on Halloween night of 2018. Minnesota won the game by a score of 128-125, needing every bit of Rose’s historic night. This feat won Rose “Moment of the Year” for last season at this year’s NBA Awards.
Not including the 2012-2013 season, which he missed with injury, Rose is entering his 11th NBA season. His first season ended in a Rookie of the Year award, while his second made him the youngest MVP in league history, at 22 years old. During the Eastern Conference playoffs in 2012, he tore his ACL, which led to a missed year and a serious downturn in production and lingering health issues.
After bouncing around the league after his stint with the Chicago Bulls ended, he landed in Minnesota. Experiencing a true resurgence, earning him a deal with the Pistons, whose playing style gels with Rose’s hard-nosed, paint-heavy game. A smart move for the unrestricted free agent.
Despite his ACL, meniscus, eye and elbow injuries, Derrick rose is still a viable role-player, even if he never returns to his MVP form. Detroit should enjoy some good guard play off the bench, and even some spot starts in 2019-2020.
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