Derrick Rose Leads Loaded Rookie Class, Wins ROY Honors

Jason Coldiron@@tweetme1979Correspondent IApril 22, 2009

CHICAGO - MARCH 17: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls brings the ball upcourt against the Boston Celtics on March 17, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 127-121. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees 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)

Today the NBA announced that Derrick Rose is this year's Rookie of the Year.

Rose averaged 16.8 points per game and led all rookies in assists with 6.3 per game and in minutes played with 37 per game.

Rose is the third Chicago Bull to win the award, following Michael Jordan and Elton Brand.

Rose leads a strong rookie class including O.J Mayo, Russell Westbrook, Brooke Lopez, Jason Thompson, Kevin Love, and Michael Beasley.

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