JockBio Vital Stats
  • Chicago Bulls • Guard • #1
  • Height: 6' 3"
• Weight: 190 • Born: 10/4/88
  • Derrick wore #25 in high school to honor the memory of Ben Wilson, a star at Simeon Academy who was murdered the night before graduation.
  • Derrick was a Parade All-American in each of his three varsity seasons at Simeon.
  • Derrick was named Mr. Basketball for Illinois in 2007. In three years, Simeon lost only 12 games.
  • ESPN named Derrick the #3 high school point guard of the decade in 2009. Only Chris Paul and TJ Ford ranked higher. 
  • Derrick could not get #25 at Memphis because it was retired after Penny Hardaway graduated. He switched to #23.
  • In 2007–08, Derrick led Memphis to the first 38-win season in NCAA history.
  • Derrick averaged over 20 points a game during the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
  • Derrick was the first Bulls rookie to score in double-figures in his NBA debut since Michael Jordan.
  • Derrick, Jordan and Elton Brand are the only Bulls to be named NBA Rookie of the Year.
  • At 22, Derrick supplanted Wes Unseld as the NBA’s youngest-ever MVP. Unseld won the award a few days after his 23rd birthday.
  • Derrick was named to the 2009 NBA All-Rookie First Team. The other members were OJ Mayo, Russell Westbrook, Michael Beasley and Brook Lopez.
  • In 2009, Derrick became the first rookie to win the Skills Challenge at the NBA All-Star Weekend.
  • Derrick was a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 2010 World Championship of Basketball.
  • In 2011, Derrick became the seventh player to average 25 points with at least 7.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds. The first six were Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
  • Derrick is the only Bull other than Michael Jordan to finish in the Top 10 in points and assists in the same season.
  • Derrick was the first player since Steve Nash to be named NBA MVP after receiving no votes the previous season.
  • Derrick’s agent is former Bull BJ Armstrong.
  • Derrick has a sneaker deal with Adidas and is also a Wilson endorser.




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