The 2013-2014 NBA season is less than a week away as the anticipation for hardwood action continues to grow. The preseason draws to a close and while these games don't count in the grand scheme of things, there's still some interesting points to be made at his point. One is occurring up in Chicago as Derrick Rose continues to look good in his return to the NBA.
In professional sports it's customary for star players to either sit out or play very few minutes during the preseason. Rose, who sat out the entire 2012-2013 season, has done the exact opposite and looked stellar while performing for the Chicago Bulls. With one game left on the preseason schedule, Rose has been putting up some great numbers for a player who worried the sports world due to his knee injury.
Rose is averaging 21.6 points per game and has stayed very efficient at the same time. His shooting percentage sits at 50.7 as he's made 35 of 69 shots. He's even looking more improved from behind the three point line as he's shot 12 of 23 on his three point baskets. He's averaging 4.5 assists per game but that number will most likely trend up during the regular season.
Across the board Rose has looked as if sitting out last year was the correct call to make. ACL injuries have ruined many careers in the past, a la Amar'e Stoudemire, so Rose took the right steps to protect his career by missing this past season. At 25 years of age and already holding one MVP award; Rose is expected to be a valuable point guard for years to come. Rose looks as if he's regained all of his movement and explosiveness which is vital at his position. The Bulls have given him plenty of work as well as he's played more than 20 minutes every outing.
The way Chicago performed last year without their leader has fans and experts excited to see what this Bulls teams will do this season. If Derrick Rose can continue this level of quality play during the regular season not only will he be in the conversation for another Most Valuable Player award but his Bulls could be considered a team that could threaten for an NBA title.