A large part of the controversy surrounding the MVP run of Derrick Rose is that he doesn't have the numbers of an MVP.
In looking at the PERs and Win Shares and rates and ratios and formulas, the sheer volume of what he's done has gotten lost.
When you look at the totals of his season though, you see some surprisingly historic numbers which put him in the company of the greatest players in history.
In fact, in terms of total production, Rose is having arguably the best all around season by a point guard in NBA history.
First is the accomplishment of scoring 2,000 points and 600 assists in a single season. The feat has been accomplished a total 13 times, by five people.
Oscar Robertson did it seven times, Tiny Archibald and John Havlicek twice each. LeBron James and Michael Jordan have each done it once.
Rose needs to only average 16.3 points per game and get four more total assists to become the sixth player to accomplish that feat.
If you factor in 300 rebounds, that list gets even smaller. Oscar Robertson's seven times still are on that list. Michael Jordan, LeBron James and John Havlicek are the only others to do that.
Derrick Rose would be the fifth player, and first point guard in history, to accomplish that feat.
How much should totals count in MVP voting compared to rates?
Rose's newly acquired ability to make the three-point shot could also be putting him in rare company. With just four more assists, he will become only the fourth player in NBA history to score 1,800 points, make 100 three-point shots and deliver 600 assists in a single season.
Additionally, his ability to block shots is extraordinary for a point guard. With just two more blocked shots he will become the first point guard in NBA history to record 1,800 points, 600 assists and 50 blocks in a single season.
With two more blocks and six more assists, he'll become just the third player in NBA history to amass 1,800 points, 600 assists and 50 blocks.
When you set aside the rates and equation and just appreciate what Rose has done in sum, you can make a credible argument that Rose's season is the best all around season by a point guard in NBA history (depending on what you call Oscar Robertson).
While there is something to be said for rates, and per minute stats and yes, field goal percentage, those things should be considered, but sheer volume of production should be taken into consideration too.
In terms of total production, the historic numbers being posted by Rose cannot be ignored.