Saturday , Apr , 11 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Derrick Rose a Lock for Rookie of the Year Award?

Bulls rookie guard Derrick Rose is looking more and more like the logical choice to win this season’s Rookie of the Year award.

"As much as this class is unsung, I don’t understand how there’s any debate," said ESPN’s Ric Bucher.

"Without Rose carrying the Bulls through the first half of the season, they wouldn’t have been in position to make a playoff run. Then he seamlessly keeps everything rolling despite the introduction of Brad Miller and John Salmons. And does Tyrus Thomas become a factor without Rose as his point guard?

"This may be the best rookie debut from a basketball IQ standpoint that we’ve seen since Magic [Johnson].",0,5106289.story