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He is flat out winning, running and making people believe from Chi-Town to the coasts. The argument ahead is thorough and comprehensive, so take a crack at critiquing it if you dare. Above is a highlight mix of Derrick Rose 's campaign with him thwarting all opposition in his path. Rose has been so good this year, and has improved as the years have progressed so the likes of Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Tony Parker cannot hold a candle in "Who's better? Rose has confounded the aforementioned point guards with airtight "D" and a dribble-drive game that is as close to revolutionary as we have in the league right now. It's a blinding combination of crossovers, hesitations, step-backs, step-throughs and misdirection that conjure up some scary combination of Tim Hardaway, Isiah Thomas and God Shammgod's ball-handling skills all rolled into one. The freakier part is that Rose's jumper from feet has improved dramatically, as has his percentage from the arc 33 percent , and that has forced defenders to step up, which they simply can not do if self-preservation is an instinct they possess. Just ask Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook and Jameer Nelson, some extremely active and athletic defenders, and they'll most likely say that Rose is on a speed-level like a rookie Allen Iverson , maybe faster. As for used-to-be Rookie of the Year John Wall? He did all right in the first matchup versus Rose, but the second?
Rose got 1, points and first-place votes from a panel of media voters, supplanting Wes Unseld as the youngest to win the award with a runaway win. The Chicago-born point guard had a breakout third season, averaging 25 points, 7. After a summer with the U. National team, Rose made a significant leap. During the Bulls' media day in September, Rose wondered aloud in front of the media why he couldn't win the MVP award. Eight months later, Rose answered his own question. He's earned it," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday. He's been everything you could ask for in a leader, player, and he's only going to get better. Michael Jordan was the last Bulls player to win the award.
Rose was something of a controversial pick at the time due to his relatively pedestrian advanced numbers. He was ninth in Player Efficiency Rating He was the best player on the best team in the league which is a simplistic way of picking MVP, but one that plenty will always gravitate to , and perhaps more importantly, he was an incredibly talented player who was ridiculously fun to watch. And, importantly, it seemed like he would only get better. And how would he not win two or three more in the future? Ask most NBA nerds who the MVP should have won that year, and the most popular answer will likely be Howard, who had the best season of his career, averaging career highs in points Anyone who watched him can tell you that he aced the eye-test just as much as Rose, as he completely controlled the paint at both ends that season. Well, because just about everything has gone wrong in the time since. The following year, he played just ten games, and looked nothing like his former self, shooting just