"I think I'm way more explosive now," Rose told reporters after Wednesday's exhibition against Detroit. "Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise, I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical -- I increased it by 5 inches. I just didn't show it yet because there's no need to."
Rose, who missed the entire 2012-13 NBA season while recovering from a torn left Achilles' tendon, scored 22 points in 22 minutes in the Bulls' 96-81 win.
Rose claims that his vertical has improved from from 37 inches to 42 inches. That could be a scary prospect for his defenders, considering that before his injury he had a career average of 21 points and 6.8 assists.
"I think every team, every player I play against is coming for me," Rose said. "Who don't want to make a name off me right now? I always think about that and take that into consideration when I'm going out there and playing."