Brian Scalabrine: Statistics Prove He's The Chicago Bulls' Real MVP

Greg Swartz@@CavsGregBRCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterFebruary 8, 2011

Brian Scalabrine: Statistics Prove He's The Chicago Bulls' Real MVP

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    CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11: Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls moves past Valdimir Radmanovic #77 of 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
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    When considering what makes a player truly deserving of being named the "Most Valuable Player" many aspects are taken into consideration. 

    If the player was taken off the team, how badly would he be missed?  How many wins could they muster without him compared to with his services?  How does his scoring and rebounding compare to the players around him? Does he have curly red hair?

    Many "experts" out there believe that some Rose kid is the Bulls MVP, and possibly league MVP thus far.  To you, I say nay. 

    Stats show Brian Scalabrine is truly the Bulls best.

Shooting

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    BOSTON - MAY 28:  Brian Scalabrine #44 of the Boston Celtics warms up against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    Anybody can drop 20 a game, but if you're doing it on 10-34 shooting, you're just hurting the team.  Let's look at the percentages.  Who leads Chicago in field goal percentage?

    Is it supposed MVP Derrick Rose?  Nope, he's just at 44%. 

    Carlos Boozer?  A little better at 54%

    Look no further than the ginger baby, dropping buckets at a 57% clip.

Free Throw Dependency

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 28: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls reacts after being fouled during a game against the Orlando Magic at the United Center on January 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Magic 99-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    Fact: Brian Scalabrine has not missed a free throw the ENTIRE NBA season.  Truly remarkable seeing that it's almost Valentines Day.

    Rose has clanked 52 freebies this year.  Luol Deng? 60 misses.

    Sorry Derrick, Scali's got you again.

Handling The Rock

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 11: Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls moves past Valdimir Radmanovic #77 of 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 exp
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    You can't be a team leader or MVP if you keep fumbling the ball away.  Limiting turnovers is crucial for any player, and Brian once again shines above the rest.

    Carlos Boozer lets the ball slip away nearly three times- every game!

    Derrick Rose is even worse, at 3.6 miscues a contest.

    When Brian turns the ball over, it's most likely on purpose because he feels sorry for the reverse alley-oop he just threw down on your team.  At only 0.4 a game, that's nine times less than Rose.

Staying Out of Foul Trouble

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 01: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers puts up a shot over Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees th
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    You can't star on the court if your dumb fouls are keeping you off of it. 

    Here we see Brian clearly doing the smart thing of not contesting the shot so as not to accidentially bump LaMarcus Aldridge and draw the whistle.

    He realizes that giving up this one shot is far less important than having to sit and watch his teammates struggle on the court without him due to some silly foul trouble.

    At only 1.3 personal fouls per games, he clearly triumphs over teammates Rose (1.7) Deng (2.2) and Boozer (3.3).

Intimidation

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    ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26:  (L-R) Brian Scalabrine and Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics look on dejected from the bench in the final minutes of their 113-92 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playof
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    You mess with this Bull and you get, well, this stare.

    While other players are shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries before games, Brian doesn't play that charade.

    He sits.  And he stares.  And he sits some more, just waiting for the right time, or when the coach tells him, to make his move.

Tenacious D

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Stromile Swift #6 (L) of the New Jersey Nets knocks Brian Scalabrine #44 of the Boston Celtics off balance during the second half of a pre-season game at the IZOD Center on October 16, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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    Whether it's taking charges, almost contesting shots or talking trash, it comes down to Brian Scalabrine and then everybody else.

    His undeniable, and unorthodox, defense is imitated by many, duplicated by none. 

    Stats can't begin to measure this monsters defensive dominance.

Popularity

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 30:  Brian Scalabrine #44 of the Boston Celtics falls into the crowd during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 30, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Celtics 116-98.  NOTE TO USER: User e
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    The People's Champ.  King Brian.  The White Mamba.

    Brian Scalabrine has never been called any of these things, but he definitely should.

    He's so popular that after crowd surfing at halftime, old men pinch his elbows.

Brian Scalabrine = MVP

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    BOSTON - NOVEMBER 18:  Brian Scalabrine #44 of the Boston Celtics celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the New York Knicks on November 18,  2008 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Knicks 110-101
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    So as you can see, the stats don't lie.  Rose?  A nice sidekick.  Boozer?  An overpaid backstabber.

    Brian is leading the Bulls to a runaway Central Division crown, and should garner some serious consideration for league MVP.

    His game is a mixture of Magic and Kareem, with a dash of Chris Mihm.  There is literally nothing the man can't do on a basketball court.

    But please Scal, for the love of God, get some longer shorts.

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