Proving Voters Wrong: Is Derrick Rose the Most Overrated Player Ever?

Jeremy FiorettiContributor IIIMay 28, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 26:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks on dejected as LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates after the Heat won 83-80 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Too big. Too fast. Too strong.

Too soon.

Derrick Rose just put the finishing touches on an unwarranted MVP season by shooting his team out of the playoffs, making it more evident that he was awarded prematurely.

For many unbiased fans, this comes as no surprise, as his selfishness was visible throughout the entire regular season. If the Bulls hadn't exceeded everyone's expectations, Rose's poor decision making and ugly efficiency would be highly recognizable, but, fortunately for him, those flaws are easy to ignore when your team puts up an unexpected 62 wins.

Of course, Rose was a big part of why the Bulls finished with the best record in the NBA, but so were the league's best defense, a superior bench and the Coach of the Year, Tom Thibodeau. If Derrick wasn't backed up by the other key ingredients in the Bulls' winning recipe, you would have seen what happened in the playoff losses happening all regular season.

The Heat double-teamed Rose for a majority of the series, daring him to make the selfish play. The Bulls looked great early in games when Rose penetrated, drew help and found open teammates, but at crunch time, Rose's ego got to him, and he went from being a point guard to a stingy scorer, doing exactly what the opposition wanted him to.

It's hard to rank MVP players, because they've all accomplished such great things, but Rose could easily rank as the most erroneous selection ever and perhaps the most overrated player of all time.

What exactly makes a player overrated?

First, the player needs to be good enough to gain attention on a large scale.

Second, there has to be reason for hype to be generated about the player.

Third, the media has to portray the player as elite.

Fourth, the public has to perceive the player unrealistically.

Rose fits the description for an overrated player perfectly. He was the No. 1 pick in the draft, he has gaudy per game statistics, he's a phenomenal athlete who produces fancy highlights and he plays in a huge media market. He was a shoe deal waiting to happen upon entering the NBA.

The only problem is, Rose's hype has outweighed his production thus far. There isn't one NBA analyst out there who will tell you that Derrick Rose is fully matured and developed as a player. With so much room to grow and amazing potential to be one of the most dominant players in the league, it's almost embarrassing that voters honored him during what could end up being one of his worst seasons.

It's disappointing to NBA enthusiasts that there are players in their primes who got snubbed by a kid who didn't produce like an MVP this season. Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade were all more deserving candidates. Most improved player would have been a more suitable accolade for Rose at this point.

Even at Memphis, Rose averaged less than five assists as the point guard for one of the nation's most prolific offenses. With his athleticism, he could easily lead the NBA in assists, but he wants to shoot.

At times, Rose does look like he can be an elite player in the NBA for years to come, but too often, he looks more like a low-percentage, volume scoring point guard than an MVP.

Maybe different criteria need to be established for what is considered valuable. There is too much emphasis on team wins for an individual award.

Maybe they just need to change it to Most Outstanding Player.

Maybe they just need to vote later. Would it really be that bad to wait until after the playoffs are over to vote for MVP? After all, those are the most important games of the season. It would be better to award a great player twice for getting it done in the playoffs than to be left with a feeling of regret for awarding the wrong player.

Something needs to change so this doesn't happen again.