MVP Race: Derrick Rose Proves Once Again Why He's the MVP

Al RiegerCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 05:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls keeps his balance as he moves against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center on March 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 92-72. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It’s not LeBron James, Kevin Durant or Kobe Bryant.  It’s Derrick Rose.  In a thrilling last-second victory against the Milwaukee Bucks, Rose proved, once again, why he’s the league's definitive MVP.

With seconds left in the game and the score tied, everyone inside the Bradley Center knew who was getting the ball.  Brandon Jennings is a formidable opponent but this is the reigning MVP, the windy assassin who loves these situations.

Watch the video. Rose gets the ball and acts like this its the first possession of the game, so chill. He wipes his left hand on his shorts and walks over to the top of the key. Four seconds left in the game, Rose hits a step-back fad-away at the buzzer to win the game.  Just another day in the life of the MVP.

Recent MVP rankings has Rose behind other superstars such as James, Durant, Chris Paul and Bryant, but there is no way Rose should be anything but first.  The criteria for determining the MVP is always debated, and Rose’s numbers aren’t as high as last year, so many think he won’t win the award this year. 

This is why he’s the MVP…

He’s the best player on the Bulls.

The Bulls have the best record in the league.

His numbers are MVP numbers. 

Without Rose, the Bulls would be lucky to be in the playoffs.

Just by showing up, he makes others around him better.

Except for Bryant, no other MVP candidate means more to their team than Rose. 

James, who has been talked about as being the favorite for the MVP award, has another superstar on his team who arguably holds more value to the Heat than James.  The two share responsibility when the game is on the line. The Chicago Bulls' point guard doesn't have that luxury.

Sure, Rose cares more about winning games than the MVP award.  But he still deserves it.