Rose's first NBA season (2008-09), he averaged 16.8 points and 6.3
assists per game, earning Rookie of the Year honors and leading the
Bulls back to the playoffs.
Over the next three seasons, the point
guard molded himself into one of the game's better all-around players.
Following a stellar 2010-11 season that saw Rose average 25 points per
game, the NBA named Rose its league MVP, making him the youngest player
(at 22 years, 191 days old) to receive the honor.
strike-shortened 2011-12 season, Rose led the Bulls to the No. 1 seed in
the Eastern Conference. But in the first game of the post-season, Rose
went down with a serious knee injury that forced him to miss the
remainder of the playoffs as well as all of the 2012-13 season.