Derrick Rose racked up 307 points and 101 assists in Chicago's first 12 games this year. Rose became the ninth different player in NBA history to amass at least 300 points and 100 assists in his team's first 12 games of a season. Oscar Robertson did it five times, Dave Bing, Jerry West, Nate Archibald, Isiah Thomas, Michael Adams, Gary Payton and Allen Iverson each did it once (Elias Sports Bureau).
Against Houston on Dec. 4, Derrick Rose had 30 points, 11 assists and a career-high five steals. Since 1973, when the NBA first began recording steals for individuals, the only other Bulls players with a 30/10/5 (points/assists/steals) game were Michael Jordan (four times in the regular season and four times in the playoffs) and Scottie Pippen (twice in the regular season/Elias Sports Bureau).
This year, Derrick Rose is averaging career highs in ppg, apg, rpg, spg, bpg, mpg and 3FG%.
On Jan. 20 against Dallas, Derrick Rose tallied a game-high 26 points, to go along with nine assists and seven boards. Rose’s performance was unusual in the fact that none of his teammates scored 10 or more points. Over the last 10 seasons, only two other teams won a game in which just one player scored in double-figures: the Cavaliers behind a 37-point night by LeBron James three years ago and the Lakers with a 62-point performance by Kobe Bryant in December 2005. The Bulls had only one other such victory in team history, behind Michael Jordan’s 45 points against the Sonics in 1997 (Elias Sports Bureau).
Derrick Rose averaged 26.4 ppg and 8.2 apg during the month of February. His February scoring average is the highest scoring average by a Bulls player in a month of 10 or more games since Michael Jordan averaged 28.9 ppg in March 1998. No other NBA player has had a month this season in which he averaged at least 26.0 ppg and 8.0 apg (Elias Sports Bureau).
At Milwaukee on March 26, Derrick Rose scored three straight shots in the closing minutes, turning an 87-87 tie into a 93-87 lead, and then assisted on the game's final field-goal as the Bulls won 95-87. He scored or assisted on Chicago’s final 16 points of the game, as he finished with 30 points and a career-high 17 assists, to become only the third player in Bulls history to reach those marks in one game (Guy Rodgers had a 34/18 game in 1966, in the third game in Bulls franchise history, and Michael Jordan had a 33/17 game in 1989). Rose also became the first player in NBA history to reach 30 points and 17 assists in a game in which his team scored 95 or fewer points (Elias Sports Bureau).
On the year, Derrick Rose has posted 21 double-doubles (including one triple-double), the most by a Bulls guard since Scottie Pippen recorded 27 in 1994-95.
Derrick Rose is the only player in the NBA who ranks in the top 10 in scoring (seventh) and assists (10th). Only one other time in team history has a Bulls player finished in the top 10 in scoring and assists. In 1988-89, Michael Jordan led the NBA in scoring with 32.5 ppg and he finished 10th in assists per game with 8.0 (Elias Sports Bureau).
Derrick Rose is the only player in the NBA who is averaging at least 24.0 ppg and 7.5 apg this season.
After claiming the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award in 2009, and then earning NBA All-Star nods in 2010 and 2011, Derrick Rose continues to elevate his game. In his third year, the 22-year old Chicago native is currently posting career highs in several categories.
Chicago is 15-3 following a loss this year. In those games, Rose has averaged 27.2 ppg, 7.1 apg, 5.4 rpg and 1.10 spg in 38.5 mpg.
Currently averaging 25.0 ppg, 7.9 apg and 4.0 rpg, should he finish the year with averages of 24.0, 8.0 apg and 4.0 rpg or better, he would be come just the seventh player in NBA history to record those averages in a single season, joining the likes of Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Gary Payton and LeBron James.
On the year, Derrick Rose’s fourth-quarter heroics have helped propel the Bulls to victory 20 times.