No. 12 Derrick Rose
His inaugural season was a successful one to say the least, even winning the Skills Challenge during All-Star weekend. Playing 81 games — and starting 80 — Rose averaged 16.8 points (second among all rookies) and 6.3 assists (first among all rookies), earning All-Rookie First Team and ROY honors.
Come playoff time, on the big time stage against The League OGs (Boston), he took his game to new heights, including that memorable Game 1 in which he went off for 36. He raised his scoring to just over 19 points per game, while dishing out 6.4 assists and pulling down 6.3 boards. Despite losing the series, they pushed the then-defending champs to Game 7, and made a statement that was heard throughout the League.