Heat’s Jimmy Butler says Bulls MVP Derrick Rose is the most unstoppable player he’s played with
Jimmy Butler only played one season with MVP Derrick Rose on the Chicago Bulls, but that one season was enough for Butler to know that prime D-Rose was something special.
Butler says Rose, before the injuries, is the most unstoppable player he’s played with in his career, via The Players’ Tribune:
“Man, I was there with prime D-Rose, like MVP Rose. When I would see him do stuff in practice, I thought, ‘Man, that’s absolutely incredible.’ And then he’d go and do it two times in the game. I was like, ‘This guy is for real.’ “
Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history during the 2010-11 season. He averaged 25.0 points and 7.7 assists while leading the Bulls to 62 regular season wins and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The next season, Rose put up 21.8 points and 7.9 assists in 39 games. The 2011-12 season was the lockout season. That was Butler’s first year on the Bulls and he was in awe of what Rose was doing on a nightly basis.
Unfortunately, Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls’ first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012 playoffs. That was the first of four knee surgeries for Rose, who is now a sixth man contributor for the Detroit Pistons.
However, despite coming off the bench, Rose is still very productive. He’s averaging 16.5 points and 5.2 assists for Detroit while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor.
D-Rose finished his Bulls career with averages of 19.7 points and 6.2 assists in 406 games.