Pistons news: Derrick Rose might be one of the biggest ‘What Could Have Beens’ in NBA history. When he came into the league back in 2008, everybody thought that he was something special, and he proved those people right. At 22 years old, he became the youngest player to ever win league MVP back in 2011. It was supposed to be the start of an illustrious career for D-Rose.
Then, things started to fall apart.
Since 2012, Rose had suffered several career-altering knee injuries which derailed him from reaching his full potential. And even though he was able to rejuvenate his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, there have been discussions on whether or not he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
When Rose himself was asked about his Hall of Fame status, the Detroit Pistons guard had a pretty straightforward answer.
Since Rose made this statement, countless debates and discussions came out of social media, with some fans and fellow-NBA players siding with the 30-year-old guard. But there are others aren’t convinced that as great as he once was, his injuries definitely hurt his reputation. In fact, Basketball Reference gave him a 10.5 percent chance of becoming a Hall of Famer. If that’s the case, he will be the first-ever league MVP to never win the award.
The truth is, Rose has never been the same since his first injury back in 2012, and even though he was able to surprise a lot of people when he averaged 18.0 points and 4.3 assists last season, those numbers aren’t enough to elevate him to Hall of Fame status just yet.
However, D-Rose is still young, and if he stays healthy, he can play for at least five more years. If he will be able to play at a high level during that span, he will have the opportunity to strengthen his case, especially if he helps the Pistons win a championship in the future.
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