2012, Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals, Bulls vs. Sixers. The Bulls are up by 12. points, with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose drives to the right side of the paint and goes up for a jump stop. When an awkward jump stop ripped the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, everything changed. D-Rose was no longer the 3x All-Star, and the reigning MVP Chicago could rely on night in and night out. The one-seeded Bulls went on to lose to the Sixers in six games, not being able to recover after the loss of Rose.
Now, we begin to believe the harsh reality that Derrick Rose could be the first ever MVP to not be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. However, Rose does have a shot to make it since the Basketball Hall of Fame isn't very exclusive compared to other sports Halls.
Right now, Rose is the youngest MVP in NBA history. He has made three All-Star teams and made the All-NBA first team too. He also won the ROTY award and has career averages of 18.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists on 45.6% FG. I know that all of these awards, stats, and accolades are a lot to take in all at once so let's break it down point by point.
D-Rose's first accolade/award was him winning the rookie of the year award in 2009. Even though the ROTY award isn't a clear-cut way to see if this player will have a long career of success, it still plays a factor in getting into the HOF. For all the NBA ROTY winners, that can be on the HOF Ballot, 29 out of the 53 professionals have been enshrined. However, we have many other ROTY winners to come like Vince Carter, Pau Gasol, Amar'e Stoudamire, and Steve Francis. All four of those players have retired, and make solid cases to be in the HOF. Plus, 60% of the ABA ROTY's have made the HOF too. During his rookie season, Rose averaged 16.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, leading his team to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, and took the Celtics to seven but ultimately fell short. I'm not saying that since Derrick Rose won the ROTY award that he should be in the HOF. It is, yet, another award that we can tack on his resume.
Now, I am going to take a look at his ASG Appearances and All-NBA teams. Rose has made three All-Star Games, but can still possibly make another in the future, but for now, I'm talking present day. Rose has also been named to one All-NBA first team. Out of all the 134 Basketball Hall Of Famers inducted in as players, only 13 have three or less All-Star appearances or one or less All-NBA/ABA team. However, all 13 of those players all seem to have one solid reason for being in the Hall. D-Rose fits the specifics regarding ASGs and All-NBA teams, along with one very, very solid reason, take a guess. His 2011 NBA MVP gives him that one solid reason why he should be in the HOF, along with all of those other 13 players.
Let's take HOFer Ralph Sampson as an example. Sampson was picked first overall by the Houston Rockets in the 1983 NBA Draft. His electrifying rookie season leads him to win the ROTY award but fell short of making the playoffs only after winning a meer 29 games that season. Sampson did make an All-Star team that season as well. He went along to make three more All-Star teams the next three years until tragedy struck. Knee and back injury plagued his career and halfway through his fifth NBA season, the Rockets traded him to the Warriors where he would never be the same again. Five years later, Sampson was out of the league and never laced up on an NBA court again. Now think, which modern-day NBA player does Ralph Sampson resemble? Derrick Rose. During their primes, both Rose and Sampson displayed their keen ability to ball. They both showed off a multitude of skills on the court and lead their teams to deep playoff runs along with another star. Ralph Sampson had Hakeem Olajuwon and Derrick Rose had Joakim Noah/Luol Deng. To me, a career-ruining injury gave Sampson the golden ticket to the Hall. I'm sure if Sampson never got injured he could have made it to the HOF too, but there is no guarantee. So why wouldn't an injury like D-Rose's be in the same catastrophic category as Sampson when it had the same affect on his career?
But if we really take the inclusiveness of the Basketball HOF, Rose making it should be a breeze. There are multiple players enshrined in the HOF that haven't had nearly as much success in the NBA as D-Rose. Bill Bradley for example, is a one-time all-star, and a two-time champion who put up career averages of 12.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.
The most controversial thing about this is that the late Dražen Petrović is currently enshrined in the HOF. After playing one year in the LIGA ACB he made the switch to the NBA. He played phenomenal in the LIGA ACB after averaging 28.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Once he made the switch, he had a below-average two years in the NBA before being traded to the New Jersey Nets where he began to shine. Tragically, on June 7th, 1993 Petrović died in a car crash in Germany at only age 28. Now, I mean no disrespect whatsoever towards Dražen at all, but if we are keeping it totally real with ourselves , If Dražen retired on that same day, and just called it quits he wouldn't have made cut. He had two good years in the NBA, including one All-NBA appearance. Don't get me wrong though, he had loads of potential and was just beginning to show it off. It is very unfortunate what happened to Dražen Petrović, and I hope he rests in peace
To my point though, if Derrick Rose's injury in 2012 completely wiped out his career, and he was ultimately unable to play the game of basketball, according to the committee he would make the HOF based on previous inductions. Why should D-Rose be penalized for fighting through his injuries, and persevering to keep a job in this league after being waived by the Utah Jazz two days after being traded there?
Currently, according to basketball-reference.com they have his HOF probability at 11.93%, sandwiched directly between Al Horford (12.2%) and HOFer Bernard King (11.81%) This just shows how it is a possibility that Rose makes the HOF, even though it may be unlikely.
In his past two seasons, split between Minnesota and Detroit, Rose averaged 18 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 48.6% from the field in just 26.6 minutes per game, bringing his career totals up to 11,185 points and 3,384 assists in 596 games. This just shows how his status, post-retirement relies heavily on his late-career resurgence. Now, eight years later, Rose is beginning to show signs of becoming an All-Star again after averaging. 18.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists off the bench this season for Detroit. As a 6MOY candidate, D-Rose's resume could get a bit lengthier than which could push him over the hump to going to the HOF.