Derrick Rose's Cry for an NBA MVP This Season: Can I Get Some Respect Please

Faizan Qurashi@@FaizanQurashiAnalyst IIJanuary 11, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls waits for a teammate to shoot a free-throw against the Golden State Warriors at the United Center on November 11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Warriors 120-90. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Go ahead, keep doubting him, keep doubting his talents. Keep saying he won't keep it up. Continue to put others ahead of him, even though they don't deserve it. 

Derrick Rose doesn't mind. He never has, and probably never will. 

Prior to the start of the season, Rose had an individual goal in mind and that was to win the 2010-2011 NBA MVP. In his very own words, Rose stated: Why can't I be MVP? 

Your right Derrick, why can't you? The answer is, Yes you can, but no you can't.   

Yes because based on your performance so far into the year, you have far exceeded expectations of yourself as an individual player, as well as how well the team is doing so far. 

First let's start with the team. The Bulls, as of this very moment stand tied third in the East with the Orlando Magic with a record of 25-12. They've gone an incredible 18-3 against sub .500 teams, meaning they're winning the games they're SUPPOSED to win, which actually doesn't happen with good teams as often as it should. 

Next, they also shown they can beat elite teams with victories over the Lakers, Thunder, Mavericks and now recently the Boston Celtics (albeit it was without Kevin Garnett, but a victory nonetheless). 

So, let's check that off the MVP to-do list for Derrick Rose

Winning Team ( At least top 3): CHECK

Next up is probably the most noteworthy factor of winning the MVP, individual play & statistics. 

Rose's stats at this point in the season are at about 24 points per game along with eight assists a game. Added to that is four and a half rebounds, with a one steal and half a block a game. 

Let's not forget his new stroke, as Rose is hitting the three-point ball at an incredible 38%. 

So all the statistics I have listed are a career high, which means he has made significant strides and improvements in every area (a vital ingredient in winning the MVP award).

Let's just put all his stats and accolades this season into perspective:

-Only player in the entire league averaging at least 25 points and eight assists a game. 

-Only player in the entire league who is Top 10 in scoring and assists. Rose is 7th in scoring and 8th in assists. 

-6th in the entire league in PRA (points + rebounds + assists) combined with 36.8. 

-Top 15 in the NBA in efficieny

-Top 10 in the NBA in rebounds counting guards only. 

-Top 10 in the NBA in blocks counting guards only. 

-1 time winner of NBA player of the week

I think you get the point. Rose has more than enough accolades to justifiy winning the award.

Individual achievements and statistics: CHECK

 So now to the other part of the statement I made earlier. No you can't win the award Derrick. Do you know why? I don't either. Which is why I pose the following questions:

So now what else? what else is Rose missing that doesn't make him the MVP at this point? 

What is it that Amar'e Stoudemire is doing to garner more attention than Rose? His team certainly doesn't have a better record and they're stats are basically a wash. 

Why is Dirk Nowitzki ahead of Rose in the race when he's been out for a while now and Dallas has faltered?

Why are Lebron James and Dwyane Wade being considered for Co-MVPs when something of that nature has NEVER happened in the NBA's lengthy history?

And most of all, why is it that an NBA MVP candidate like Derrick Rose might have to come of the bench BEHIND Rajon Rondo in the All-Star game? That is a complete disrespect and an abomination to a player of Rose's caliber. 

So maybe Derrick Rose doesn't mind that he's being neglecting of all he could have, but die-hard Bulls and Derrick Rose fans sure do. And without us, there is no NBA (we pay the bills), so it might be a wise thing to let our voices be heard. 

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