From the first time I saw Derrick Rose play at Memphis in 2008, I could tell he was a man playing among boys. Just looking at his stautcher and the way his body looked at age 20 was ridiculous. He didnt take long to prove it on the college hardwood earning third team All-American Honers, The Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nations best point guard, and the John R. Wooden Award, which is given to the nation's best player. He didn't just earn awards, but also took his team to the National Championship Game where they eventually fell to the Kansas Jayhawks in overtime.
After his first year at college, Rose decide to go pro and was the first pick in the draft by the Chicago Bulls. Rose, in his first year, came out with a bang, earning Rookie of the Month in November, December and in March, before eventually taking home Rookie of the Year honors and leading his Bulls to a 7th seed in the playoffs. Waiting in the playoffs were the defending conference champs Boston Celtics, but Rose didn't seem overwhelmed at all, taking the series to a seventh game before finally bowing out. It was a tough loss but also a good look into the future of what the Bulls now have.
Whenever the MVP for a season is handed out I like to look back and compare numbers and stats to former MVPs and see how the player stacks up. With Rose, it wasn't really with the numbers, but more with his play. He reminds me of three different MVPs in the decade. Rose reminds me of Steve Nash in terms of his great court vision and his ability to finish around the rim, Nash was a two time MVP. Lebron James is also a two time MVP, his pure power and dominating style of basketball is what I see in Rose with his thunderous dunks and blocking skills. With five seconds left on the clock, who would you want the ball to go to? There is only one answer to that question and thats Kobe Bryant, but Rose is slowly making a case for himself as a clutch player, having five career game winning shots.
I usually don't like the MVP to be given out before the playoffs are over because what better place to find your Most Valuable Player than in the most valuable time, but Derrick Rose deserves it more than anyone. He lead his team to the overall best record in the NBA and the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. With injuries to Jokim Noah and Carlos Bozzer all season long, Rose kept on rolling, putting up 25 ppg and dishing out 8 assists a game and scoring just as much on the road as he did at home. Scoring 1002 points and 25.1 ppg at home and 1009 points and 25.2 on the road.
D-Rose for MVP!