words // Nick Engvall
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the entire NBA season, or perhaps cheering for your own team has blurred your vision (which is completely understandable, we all do it), the announcement today that Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is this year’s Most Valuable Player should come as no surprise. Rose landed 113 out of a possible 120 first-place votes (1,182 total points) from sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA MVP fan vote. At age 22, he becomes the NBA’s youngest MVP in history.
Derrick Rose has carried Chicago to the league’s best regular season record this season, despite losing his teammates Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah for a good portion of the season to injury. Rose averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game this season, all of which are personal bests. Rose has been a silent star the entire season, letting his game, and massive collection of highlight real plays, speak for themselves. With 23 double-doubles, and 23 games scoring 30 points or better, Rose was the only player to rank in the top ten in both scoring and assists this season.
Dwight Howard was second in voting with 643 points, followed by LeBron James with 522, Kobe Bryant with 42 and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant with 190 points. Rose becomes the first player since Steve Nash in 2005 to win the award after receiving no votes the previous year. Rose also joined some other legendary players with his performance this year. He became just the seventh player in NBA history to average at least 25.0 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds. A mark that only Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had accomplished before. His season ending totals of 2,026 points, 623 assists and 330 rebounds, makes him only the fifth player in league history to put up 2,000 points, dish out 600 assists and grab 300 rebounds in a single season. Those number have only been accomplished by Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
Check out the adidas Basketball video below celebrating Derrick Rose’s achievement.