|Derrick Rose is the next superstar|
|Written by Jeremy Johnson, Daily Vidette Sports Columnist|
|Tuesday, 21 April 2009 18:00|
Just think, the Chicago Bulls almost drafted Michael Beasley. In his first career playoff game, Derrick Rose made history twice. He tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points in a playoff debut with 36. More importantly, however, the rookie led the Bulls to a playoff win over the Boston Celtics for the first time ever.
Not even Michael Jordan could overcome the Celtics one time in his heralded playoff career. And with that, Rose and company went onto the defending champion's court and did what almost no one expected.
Hopefully Bulls' fans realize that they are witnessing a point guard with all the physical gifts to be a top-four floor general in the NBA. An NBA that currently showcases future Hall of Fame point guards like Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Tony Parker.
Based on his rookie season alone, Rose has already cemented himself as among the top point guards in the Eastern Conference along with Devin Harris of the Nets, Rajon Rondo of the Celtics, and Jameer Nelson of the Magic.
The best thing about Rose is he is constantly getting better at every aspect of the game. Early in the season, he struggled when attempting to connect with Tyrus Thomas or Joakim Noah for lob passes. Now Rose looks Chris "Paulesque" when he's in the lane.
Simply put, on the offensive end of the court, Rose is becoming virtually unstoppable. His mid-range shooting has become a respectable threat and nobody in the league can stay in front of him long enough to force him to a bad shot. He is the most athletic point guard in the game, and he is as fast without the ball as he is with it.
If the offense continues to function around the playmaking ability of Rose, the playoff series will continue to look more winnable. Ben Gordon may not be able to shoot the lights out like he did in Game 2, but there is no reason to believe that Rose's ability to drive and dish will not continue to warrant open looks. This is the time for Rose and the Bulls to pull off the gigantic upset. However, win or lose, the Bulls have made the Celtics and every other team aware, Chicago has the superstar in place to make a legitimate run for years to come.