Let’s just say prior to this season, not even a diehard Chicago Bulls’ fan would have even dreamed that Rose would be involved in the NBA MVP debate. Rose’s first two regular seasons in the league, the Bulls won 82 games and lost 82 games. He was known for his technique and driving to the basket, but now he is being recognized as a threat from long range as well. Let’s push fast forward through this season and…BANG…The Bulls have stormed their way to the top of the Eastern Conference with the best record, ahead of the defending conference champions the Boston Celtics, the face lifted Miami Heat and Dwight Howard’s Orlando Magic.
Well at this rate, Boston is going to need a lot more luck from the green clover, Miami needs more sunshine to turn up the Heat and Orlando is in need of some more Mickey Mouse Magic to kill this beautifully blossomed Rose. Despite the fact that Bulls’ teammates Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer have missed almost 60 games combined due to injury, Rose has carried the team on his shoulder. It’s like before every game he stands their waving a red cape, shouting “TORO, TORO” ….and the rest of the Bulls team follows.
Not one other player in the NBA is asked to do more for his team on a nightly basis. NO ONE. As the primary ball handler, Rose brings the ball up the court and distributes it to his team-mates just like any point guard is asked to do. On top of that, he is the primary scorer. When he is not passing out assists, he is making the entire play himself. We can’t just ignore the fact that Rose has been consistently the best player on the floor every game this season. Rose is averaging 25 points and almost 8 assists per game. He is currently the only player in the NBA that is top 10 with both points and assists. Lest we forget he has drained over 100 threes this season. Rose has led the Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference, but can he lead them to a first championship since the legendary Michael Jordan? We leave that question for another day.
Bottom line, Derrick Rose’s name should be the first one out of everyone’s mouth when starting the NBA MVP debate. My top three picks for this year’s MVP would be first and foremost, Derrick Rose…obviously, with Thunder’s Kevin Durant second and the Heat’s LeBron James third. All three players have been killing it but what girl doesn’t like a bouquet of fresh long stem Rose-s…?
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Written by Melissa Tzotzis