Derrick Rose is an American professional basketball player who plays as a point guard for the New York Knicks. Rose made his name playing for the Chicago Bulls. He is the youngest recipient of the NBA MVP Award, but knee injuries derailed his career. Through all the adversity, D Rose has managed to stay productive in today's competitive NBA climate, making him one of the most loved and respected players in the NBA.
Derrick Rose was born on October 4, 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Simeon Career Academy where he would play high school basketball. By the end of his senior year, he helped his team to back to back state championships, with Simeon Career Academy being ranked the number one team in the Nation. Rose was highly recruited out of highschool, and made his decision to play college basketball for the Memphis Tigers. After leading his team to the NCAA Tournament Finals, he would declare for the 2008 NBA Draft.
The Chicago Bulls selected Derrick Rose with the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He enjoyed a great rookie year, joining the likes of Michael Jordan and Elton Brand as the only Bulls players to win the NBA Rookie of the Year. He earned his first NBA All-Star berth during his second season and went on to average 26.8 points in the playoffs, a seven point increase from his rookie year.
His third year in the league was the best of his career. His athleticism terrorised opposing defenders. The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with a 62-20 record, clinching the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. He became the youngest ever player to win the NBA MVP, aged 22 and a half. The Bulls would make it to the eastern conference finals, losing out to the Lebron led, Miami Heat.
The 2011-2012 season would be his last season as an all-star. He missed more than half the regular season due to injury. During the 2012 NBA Playoffs, he tore his left ACL, which changed his career forever. This injury led to more knee injuries, sapping him of his athleticism.
He was never able to replicate the form that made him one of the most feared players in the NBA and was traded to the New York Knicks in 2016 where he would average 18 points a game. On April 4, 2017, he tore his left meniscus and underwent surgery. This was his fourth knee procedure.
Derrick Rose signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017-2018 season. He battled injury and considered retirement. He was traded to the Jazz who waived him. The Timberwolves signed him as a free agent where he would go on to become a solid bench player, even scoring 50 points in a revenge game against the Jazz.
During the 2019 free agency period, he would sign with the Pistons and would later get traded to the New York Knicks after a season and a half. He finally managed to revive his career by changing his playstyle to one that relies less on athleticism. His career is the one NBA’s biggest ‘what ifs’. With the USA Men's Basketball Team, he won gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cup.
3 times (2010-2012)
All-NBA First Team
NBA Rookie of the Year
NBA All-Rookie First Team
Despite his injury ridden career, Derrick Rose has managed to amass a net worth of around $100 million. He has earned around $155 million through his NBA contracts. His current contract with the Knicks will pay him $13,445,120 through the 2021-2022 season. In February 2012, he signed a 13 year deal worth $185 million with Adidas. Aside from Adidas, Derrick Rose also became an endorser of Wilson Sporting Goods, Skullcandy, Powerade and was one of the cover athletes of NBA 2K13.
Derrick Rose was born in Chicago, Illinois to Brenda Rose. He is the youngest of four boys. His brother’s names are Dwayne, Reggie, and Allan. He is currently married to Alaina Anderson, with whom he has two children. He has three children in total. Derrick Jr., Layla Malibu, and London Marley.