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Derrick Rose No. 3 on list of best players ever from Chicago area

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Chicago Bulls' point guard Derrick Rose came in at No. 3 in an ESPN list of the all-time top 10 NBA players from the Chicago area.

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Derrick Rose came in at No. 3 on a recent ESPN list of the all-time top 10 NBA players from the Chicago area. Rose won two state championships in high school at Simeon before becoming an NBA MVP with the Chicago Bulls.

Rose was a McDonald's All-American and Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2007 before spending one year of college at Memphis. He led the Tigers to the national championship game and was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by his hometown Bulls. In four NBA seasons, Rose has made three All-Star teams and led the Bulls to the playoffs each season.

Rose is currently recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the playoffs last season, but the Bulls expect him to return to the court before this season is done.

Isiah Thomas topped the ESPN list. The top 10 are below.

1. Isiah Thomas
2. Kevin Garnett
3. Derrick Rose
4. George Mikan
5. Dwyane Wade
6. Tim Hardaway
7. Mark Aguirre
8. Dan Issel
9. Maurice Cheeks
10. Johnny "Red" Kerr