Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bill Russell. Michael Jordan. Wilt Chamberlain.
Each of these four players has a case for the title of "Greatest Basketball Player of All Time." Abdul-Jabbar dominated for years and still holds the record for most career points.
Russell is a winner in every sense of the word, racking up 11 NBA Championships.
Jordan's will to win can never be matched, nor can his accomplishments at shooting guard.
Chamberlain set arguably the most difficult record to break in professional basketball: 100 points in a game.
These four standouts also have 20 NBA MVP trophies among them.
Though stars often say it is more about the team championships than the MVP accolades, the winning seems to stem from individual excellence to an extent.
For the 2010-2011 season, names like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard headline the list for candidates.
I propose another: Derrick Rose.
Rose is quickly becoming one of the top point guards in the game, and now he's the well-defined leader of a team that made major strides through free agency in the offseason.
Just as MVPs win championships, championships foster MVPs.
Put simply, the better the Chicago Bulls do this season, the better Rose's chances of earning the highest individual honor of them all.
Will he win NBA MVP in just his third season in the Association? Probably not.
But if these five things go his way, he will be getting more than a few looks when it comes time to vote for the Most Valuable Player in the NBA.