Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose kicked the hornet’s nest with comments this week, claiming that he’s the best player in the NBA.
Rose, who missed all of the 2012-13 season recovering from knee surgery, was asked by CNN’s Pedro Pinto who he considered the top talent in the league and Rose responded, without hesitation, "Derrick Rose".
The 2010-11 NBA MVP may have a case for himself. While oddsmakers don’t know if Rose can return to the same level as before the injury, they do estimate his worth to the Bulls’ pointspreads as high as four points. Online bookmakers pegged Rose between 2.5 to four points, which is among the top players in the NBA right now.
“Nearly an impossible question to field because he won't be worth much, in my opinion, when he does first come back because it will be a work in progress,” Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker with CarbonSports.ag, told Covers. “But if you're asking what is Rose worth with all things being equal, as in when he's playing at his peak and has worked his game back into shape - three to four points. I'd probably settle on four.”
Four points is a lot considering names like Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are estimated to be worth around two and 2.5 points to their teams’ respective spreads.
Reigning MVP LeBron James, who most consider the top player in the NBA, is projected to be worth between three and eight points, but is discounted due to his talented teammates like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh softening the blow if James were to miss time.
Rose’s Bulls are priced at +1,000 to win the NBA Championship in 2013-14. LeBron’s Heat are +220 favorites to win their third straight title.