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Derrick Rose, the NBA's newest MVP looks to tie up the series vs the Hawks tonight.
Not only has Derrick Rose ended LeBron James' MVP streak, but he is also the youngest MVP in NBA history. Only in his third season in the NBA, Rose is only 22 years old.
This season Rose led his Chicago Bulls to the best record in NBA. They finished atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 62-20 record, winning nine of the last ten games of the regular season.
Rose averaged 25 points per game, to go along with about eight assists and four rebounds. With Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer being injured sporadically throughout the season, it was Rose who stepped up for Chi-Town.
Rose is the last Bull to win the MVP award since MJ won five back in the '90's and '80's. Rose and his coach Tom Thibodeau are one of twelve pairs in NBA history to win MVP and Coach of the Year in the same season.
Rose racked up over 1,000 points and 100 first place votes. Second on the list for MVP was Orlando's Dwight Howard, who was then followed by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant.
Throughout the season, Rose had 23 double doubles, and broke 30 points, 23 times as well. Rose is also only the second player in Bull's history to finish in the top ten for scoring and assists. Rose also helped the Bulls go from the seventh seed last year, to the first seed this year in the playoffs.
Now in the second round of the playoffs, Rose has been bothered by ankle injuries but looks to be ready to go for Game Two. The Bulls dropped Game One two days ago, after Rose got off to a late start. Rose looks to come back and put up his MVP type stats in Game Two, in order to tie up the series at 1-1.
In the playoffs Rose's numbers have been even more impressing. He is averaging 27 points per game, seven assists, and five rebounds per game. The Bulls had a tough opening series against the Indiana Pacers, but Rose helped them escape and advance to the second round.
Rose was very modest and humble when winning the award today. He said he would give the trophy to his mom, who also has been holding on to his Rookie of the Year award from a few years back. Anyways, congrats to Derrick, and good luck to him in the playoffs.