Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose: The Case Against His MVP Candidacy
"Every rose has its thorn" is a famous proverb to teach everybody an important lesson nobody is perfect.
Even if the rose is the most beautiful specimen on Earth, it is not without its own flaws. The thorns of a rose can poke and pierce the flesh.
A hawthorn, a form of a rose, has thorns that are toxic to the eye and scratching of the cornea can lead to blindness.
Even something as magnificent as a rose has its own flaws.
In sports, it's about perfection and being the best to your own capabilities.
To be the best you have to be flawless.
To be flawless, it means you are the most valuable player of your sport.
Derrick Rose, you do not fit either description.
As majestic he has looked, he has some glaring holes in his game to easily determine he is not this years MVP in the NBA.
The MVP is defined as not only the best player at their own position, but the best player in the league.
Derrick Rose is neither one of those.
Does Derrick Rose deserve the MVP?
At the point guard position, there are other elite players who have established themselves as a more rounded player than 6'3'' point guard.
Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russel Westbrook, Monta Ellis, and Rajon Rondo are greater options at the point guard position
If you compare Rose's stats to other players at his position, this is when his candidacy as MVP is questioned.
Is Rose the best passer, the best rebounder, the better defender, and does he have the best shooting percentage amongst his peers?
No, no, no, and no.
The MVP is not just about flash and athleticism.
Granted, Rose is leading all point guards in scoring with 24.6 PPG, but this is such a deceiving stat to look at when determining who is the MVP.
Rose's shooting percentage is a weak 45%.
Many will argue his shooting percentage is something we should all look passed because he is given so many opportunities to shoot the ball. However, if you compare his possession to shot ratio to other players, they have been more efficient than Rose.
If you compare him to elite players such as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Deron Williams, they have been more efficient with less possessions than Rose. Even a lackluster player like Kenyon Martin has been more efficient with less possessions than Rose has.
Rose is simply not efficient when he has the ball in his hands.
Paul has the second highest percentage from the three point line of all point guards with 46% and he has the best assist-to-turnover ratio compared to any other point guard.
In addition, Paul is number one in steals with 2.67 a game.
Is Rose more deserving MVP than Paul?
Rondo leads the league in assists with 13.2, second in the league in steals with 2.67 per game, and he is fourth among point guards in rebounds with 4.6 per game. He is currently on a Boston Celtics team with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
But, everybody knows without Rondo, the Celtics are a completely different team.
Should Rondo's lack of scoring distance himself from other MVP candidates even though he is clearly ahead of Rose in majority of offensive and defensive categories?
Williams is third in the league amongst other point guards in scoring with 22.1 points per game. He averages 9.5 assists per game and he shoots the second most free throw attempts in a game with 7.3.
Is Williams a "poor man's" version of Rose?
Westbrook leads all point guards with five rebounds per game and he is second in scoring with 22.5 PPG.
Westbrook is a serious candidate to be considered better than Rose and if Westbrook did not have Durant overshadowing his performances, the UCLA product would have been knighted that position already.
A player who has been forgotten during these MVP discussions is Steve Nash.
Once again, Nash has the Suns in playoff contention. Nash leads all point guards in double doubles and he is doing all of this with Amare Stoudemire's departure.
This could be a huge knock on Rose as he has players around him to work with, but Nash still produces with a mediocre team around him.
Does Rose really stand out compared to other players at his own position?
A better question to pose is, does Derrick Rose stand out compared to every player in the league?
If I were voting for MVP, I would have to ask myself this question pertaining to Derrick Rose: Is he better player this year than LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwayne Wade, Amare Stoudemire, and Kobe Bryant?
I can not find myself to say yes to either one of those. Thus, how can he be named the MVP then?
Rose is today's rising stars, but he is not the best player of today just yet. He will get there in a year or two, but he is not MVP worthy this year.
Without Rose, the Chicago Bulls would struggle. However, Rose is not the type of player that can carry a team to the promise land like other players such as Kobe or LeBron.
Rose may have changed the atmosphere of basketball in Chicago, but that does not make him the MVP.
You have have to pick the best player in the game to be the MVP. Elite does not scream at you when you think of Rose.
Right now, LeBron James is that player. Just take a look the catastrophe that is occurring right now with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Since LeBron packed his bags and he brought "his talents" to South Beach, the Cavaliers have struggled to find their own identity. The Cavaliers are 1-30 since their meeting against LeBron in Cleveland and they are 8-41 in the midst of 22 game losing streak.
It is truly amazing what one player meant for a franchise and the presence of Lebron alone made the Cavaliers a contender. Without him, they are just the laughing stock of the NBA. This just shows how talented Lebron James really is and why he deserves the MVP over any player for the third straight year.
Rose is a truly gifted player and he is an exciting player to watch. Once he evolves his game more, he will be the top player in the NBA.
But, like "every cowboy sings his sad, sad song," Derrick Rose has his thorns.
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