After a lackluster season with the New York Knicks, Derrick Rose signed a 1-yr/$2.1 Million dollar contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rose, 28, averaged 18.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and 4.4 apg off of 47.1 % shooting, not exactly former MVP numbers, yet, Rose showed flashes of the explosive guard he once was in Chicago. While Rose was expected to have a nice pay-day this off-season with expectations of a max-contract coming from either the New York Knicks or any other franchise who was in need of a veteran point guard with something left in the tank, Not one franchise budged. Last January, Rose reportedly wanted at least a $150 million dollar contract, seeing that Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley Jr. signed a $153 million dollar contract despite not making an All-Star team, or putting up insane numbers (Conley ’15-’16: 15.3ppg, 6.1apg, 2.9 rpg, 56 GP). Many such as former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury have noticed that many teams are paying players big bucks despite not really proving too much. Marbury then tweeted on July 26th “I think it’s a crime that Derrick Rose is being paid this amount of money, when you have guys that can’t chew gum and walk making more.” (@StarburyMarbury).
Regardless of all the talk of Kyrie Irving leaving, Rose mulling offers from different teams, and of course the handling of general manager situation of the Cavs, Derrick Rose is now alongside LeBron James and the Eastern Conference Champs, Cleveland Cavaliers. Many such as James are excited to see Rose in the Wine and Gold, LeBron tweeting in pure joy “Let’s Rock G!!” (@KingJames).
Enter the Rose Era…
Derrick Rose truly has not been himself since his 2012 campaign in which he did tear his ACL vs the Philadelphia 76ers, many questions are in the air for not only Rose and his performance but the Cavaliers organization as well.
What does this mean for the Cavs moving forward with or without Kyrie Irving? Will Rose have a bounce back season playing with King James? How do the Cavaliers stack up now in the Eastern Conference? Will this drama ever end in Cleveland?
Let’s take a look at what the 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose can bring to the table for the Cavs from a best case/worst case scenario for the 2017-2018 season…
BEST CASE SCENARIO: 58-24, Eastern Conference Champs, First in the East, Central Division Champs and a full Re-Birth of D-Rose.
The Return has finally happened, it might not be 2011-2012 again for Derrick Rose and the Cavaliers, and yet playing alongside LeBron James, Kevin Love, a team who has championship experience always helps. The Cavaliers are still the clear cut favorites to win the East and represent them in the NBA Finals. With Derrick Rose running the point, averaging anywhere from 18-22 ppg and taking slight pressure off LeBron, expect the Cavs to do what they do best, spread the floor, hit open three’s due to James’ and Rose creating plays, and lockdown on defense. The competition in the East has taken a blow with stars moving out West, which gives Cleveland limited threats to their reign. The Celtics and Wizards are in the rear view mirror of the Cavs, but then again who can keep up with a Ferrari that is LeBron James and Co.?
WORST CASE SCENARIO: 50-32, Eastern Conference Finals Appearance, Potential Finals Appearance, Second/Third in the East, Rose with a Sub-Par season
A whirlwind season for the Cavaliers with Derrick Rose as point guard, which means another year of Rose sitting out games, having slightly lower or same numbers as he did in New York, by which increases the amount of pressure on LeBron to perform at the highest level night in and night out. Without Kyrie Irving, the Cavs might lose a handful of close games due to the fact that Irving was essentially the Mariano Rivera of the team when needing a bucket. LeBron will have to take matters into his own hands down the stretch without Irving. If Rose can’t provide the scoring/shooting and the creating, the Cavs will continue to have struggles vs opponents such as Golden State and San Antonio. Worst case situation, Boston finishes at the 1-seed for the second straight season, Cavs at 2 or 3. With LeBron is in his 14th season, he might end up running out of gas before the finish line. All that being said, I will still give Cleveland the benefit of the doubt, the Cavs will be in the Eastern Conference Finals and potentially representing the East once again in the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers have had a roller coaster off-season (so far), with Irving pretty much on his way out the door and constant rumors swirling around LeBron James leaving as well after next season, lets see how Rose will blossom in his new role as the starting point guard for Cleveland.
-Written By Daniel Malakismail