To most basketball observers, Derrick Rose has taken a clear and definitive step up into the upper echelon of NBA guards this year. In so doing, he has put himself at the top of an elite pack of NBA point guards currently including Deron Williams and Chris Paul. His efforts have manifested themselves by positioning the Chicago Bulls to win 60 games in a regular season for the first time since the Jordan era. Sam Smith, the noted Chicago sports columnist, explains why Derrick Rose, given all this, is the only choice in his mind for the 2011 MVP. Smith also breaks down the other major candidates (Lebron James, Dwight Howard) and explains why their shortcomings have opened the door for Rose to become the first Bulls MVP since MJ.
A quick excerpt:
“Derrick Rose is going to be the league’s MVP, even if I don’t vote for him. I am going to vote for him, but only because he’s the only choice. Actually, I wish I didn’t have to vote for him, because my work now is on the Bulls web site. So the assumption is it would be expected. Which is what I wrote in November when I said Rose was the league’s MVP. Frankly, I didn’t expect that to last because I believed once Carlos Boozer returned, Rose’s scoring would go down substantially. But then Joakim Noah also went out, and then they both came back and nothing much changed…”