Your 2010-11 NBA MVP will be Derrick Rose, who will unfortunately win by a landslide.
In early January, many sportswriters who were desperately looking for a player to separate themselves from the pack began to consider Rose the favorite to win MVP.
Derrick Rose continued to shine in the eyes of sportswriters and fans alike with the resurgence of the Bulls and seemingly nightly highlight plays only paralleled by Blake Griffin.
The opinion that Rose should be named MVP began to spread like wildfire and to the casual observer it was hard to see any reason to disagree. Soon after, Rose was often the only name even mentioned when debating who should be named the league’s most valuable player.
Contrary to popular opinion, I feel that anyone who takes a close, open-minded look at Derrick Rose’s season will see that not only should he not receive the award, but that he should receive little, if any consideration at all.
One of the most telling stats in the NBA is the PER (Player Efficiency Ranking) where Rose is not listed in the top 10. He is however seventh in the league in scoring but does so by taking more shots than any of the leading scorers ahead of him.
Not only does Derrick Rose take a large amount of shots to get his points but he does so with a surprisingly low shooting percentage. Rose finds himself ranked 81st in shooting percentage, behind many players including Boston’s Rajon Rondo who is often compared to Rose and widely considered to be an awful shooter.
I will admit that this year has lacked the normal standout performances that we have seen in years past but there are many more qualified players than Derrick Rose.
LeBron James for example not only averaged more points than Rose while taking fewer shots but also averaged only .7 less assists per game than Rose who plays Point Guard.
There will be many who argue that stats alone do not decide the MVP and they are right. If that were the case, the award would be decided strictly by numbers without the need for a voting system.
All of that considered, it is still a stretch to consider Derrick Rose Most Valuable.
The Bulls, who have vastly improved this year, have done so with the help of offseason acquisitions and also one of the easiest schedules in the league. They play in the Eastern Conference which outside of Miami, Boston, and maybe Orlando or Atlanta is full of teams that are mediocre at best. Even more than that, they play in the leagues weakest division which allows them to play Indiana, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee on a nightly basis.
The Bulls 4-1 opening series defeat of Indiana was closer than it seemed and much of the credit should go to good play by Luol Deng, the hustle of Joakim Noah, and numerous clutch 3-point shots by Kyle Korver.
Derrick Rose did little to impress in games four and five that saw him go a combined 14-39 from the field.
Derrick Rose is one of the league’s most exciting young players but when he wins the MVP this year, he will become one of the most statistically weak and undeserving winners in league history.