Derrick Rose is now youngest MVP for NBA
Following his nomination in the 2008 NBA draft, Derrick Rose boldly declared his candidacy, and wondered if there was a reason he could not be MVP.
Now, he has officially become the youngest MVP for the NBA, joining Michael Jordan as the only player for the Chicago Bulls to garner the award. Of course, this was not surprising, considering how he had propelled the Bulls to a league record of 62 wins.
He was also among the ranks of the likes of Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Oscar Robertson, Dwyane Wade, and Jerry West, for averaging a minimum of 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 7.5 assists.
His age also toppled the record held by Wes Unseld, who became part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame at 23 years old. Unseld had led the Baltimore Bullets to their first season of winning in franchise history. He also inspired a 21-game improvement while still a rookie.
Of course, their games were at least a generation apart, as the year when Unseld made it into the hall of fame was the same year that Rose was born, 1988.
When asked about Unseld, Rose merely said, “The Bullets, right? I never watched any of his games.”
Meanwhile, when Unseld was asked about Rose’s topping his record age, he said, “I didn’t even know it myself,” indicating that he was neither disappointed nor excited.
Rose had other things to be excited about, as it was also only his third year. He was the first player following Moses Malone to garner the award in only his third season.
“It makes me want to work harder,” he said.
Unseld also added that the MVP award was not such a big deal in his time. When he missed a call from the Bullets and called them back, they apparently told him he won MVP, he replied ‘Thank you,’ and that was it. There had been no media hype at all.
While contemplating the honor he had received, Unseld paid tribute to his teammates, ticking off several of them, including Leroy Ellis, gus Johnson, Kevin Loughery, Jack Marin, Earl Monroe, and Ray Scott.
Although he had not watched much of Rose’s games, he conceded he had seen enough to describe him as a very talented guy.
From a panel of media voters, Rose received 1,182 points and a total of 113 votes for first place. Second place went to Dwight Howard of Orlando, at 643 points, third place to LeBron James of Miami, fourth to Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and fifth to Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City.
Coming from the South Side of Chicago, Rose had set himself among the top players in the NBA following his rise from Rookie of the Year to an All-Star status within his first two seasons. This year was yet another step as he was commended to have been among the best all-around performing point guard.