Derrick Rose’s career has taken a major downfall over the last 3 or 4 years, with lingering injuries constantly forcing him to miss games, while his commitment to basketball has been questionable to say the least also.
But after several rumors pointing towards him hanging the shoes, he stated that he’s nowhere near done and that he’s keen and determined to get back to his former self, something that seems quite impossible at this point to be honest.
Rose went from being the league’s youngest MVP and a dominant scorer too, well; having to wait a couple of weeks before someone offered him more than a 10-day contract following his disappointing stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Even so, he played really well during his Minnesota Timberwolves tenure, granting himself at least one more shot at making an NBA roster for next season. Thing is, he could actually be a starter for some teams, believe it or not; and we’re going to let you know about the 4 teams where he could actually run the point in the first unit.
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4. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are a major disaster, to say the least; and they’ve already parted ways with their so-called point guard of the future Elfrid Payton; leaving DJ Augustin to handle the primary ball handler duties despite him playing backup for most of his career and being more of a scorer than a facilitator.
Still, Orlando has some pretty interesting young men in Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac, as well as a top-10 pick in this year’s Draft; so adding a bit of veteran leadership wouldn’t be bad on the early going, while Rose would have no competition whatsoever for the starting point guard gig.
3. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are yet another train wreck, especially in the defensive end of the hardwood, but they have some future stars in the making on Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and TJ Warren, and Rose’s drives would definitely open up a lot of space for Devin’s shooting from beyond the arc.
Rose has never been much of a defender and Elfrid Payton would definitely have the upper hand in that regard, but he’s made a living out of hitting huge shots down the stretch and would definitely be a major upgrade in the point guard spot after this team has struggled to find Eric Bledsoe’s replacement.
2. San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio’s future is still quite unclear, with several rumors pointing towards Kawhi Leonard heading out the door and the franchise ready to kick-start a rebuild while also parting ways with Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, leaving the starting point guard duties to DeJounte Murray for another season.
If not, Rose could work as Parker’s replacement for the future, with Murray paired next to him to make up for his defensive flaws. Of course, this would create some spacing problems, but let’s face it, Popovich’s system has never been about three-point shooting.
1. Los Angeles Clippers
The best fit and most logical option for Derrick Rose would be the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving him to run the team’s offense while Patrick Beverley handles the backcourt defensive duties, with Lou Willians and Milos Teodosic providing a major offensive spark off the bench.
As a matter of fact, this roster would provide a lot of versatility for Doc Rivers, even allowing Williams to play the 3 and Harris at the 4 on small ball sets. Also, it’s still unclear whether the Clippers are rebuilding or not, but he could have a lot of minutes either way as an aging start, either if it’s helping them in playoff contention, or just flat out tanking for the next season.