Derrick Rose Deserved The 2011 MVP!

Derrick Rose Deserved The 2011 MVP!

Every year there are always some controversies when it comes to being awarded the MVP of the season. Sometimes there are players who have had record breaking season and yet they are not awarded the MVP of the season. For example when Steve Nash won the MVP despite Kobe Bryant had a high scoring season. However, there are some players who deserved to win the MVP despite popular opinion.

One of those controversies happened in the 2010-11 season. In that season, Derrick Rose won the MVP but many seemed to believe that LeBron James should have been to be the one to win. But it was for good reason too!

Rose and the Bulls

In the 2010-11 season, the Chicago Bulls were at the top of the league as they had a 62-20 record. Derrick Rose was the lone All-Star in the team and he basically carried he team all the way to the top. In that season Rose put up averages of 25 points, 4.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1 steal per game. He did not miss a game and played the second most minutes per game in his team.

While looking at the Bulls, their second highest scorer was Carlos Boozer who averaged 17.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and Luol Deng had similar averages of 17.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1 steal per game. Not to mention Joakim Noah who was mostly into defense put up contributions of 11.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1 steal and 1.5 blocks per game. Rose had great contributors in the defensive area but most of their offense was powered by him.

LeBron and the Heat

Now having a look at LeBron James, he had averaged 26.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Those are better numbers than Rose but there is one big factor. LeBron James had 2 other All-Stars with him plus he was surrounded by shooters with whom he could take advantage of his playmaking skills.

Dwyane Wade averaged 25.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He was the secondary scorer for his team plus he has been a scoring title holder and an NBA champion prior to this so having him as the second option is very reassuring.

Moving on to his third option, it was a Power Forward who led his previous team that was the Toronto Raptors and was considered as one of the best power forward of his time. He is Chris Bosh and he had put up averages of 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. This was the first season for the Heat Big 3 so nothing short of a title was expected from them.

Rose to the rescue

Despite the hurdles, Rose led his team to the 1st seed. This was a main attribute which cannot be overlooked. LeBron had the best help he could have asked for. On the other hand Rose had teammates who were borderline All-Star. Yet they managed to reach all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals which is credited to his greatness.

In the playoffs, the Bulls were having a tough time apart from Derrick Rose who kept pushing forward putting up averages of 27.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. They would however fall to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in 5 games.

Yet in the regular season Rose deserves all the credit in the world. He was just a scoring point guard and making plays for his teammate who lacked in defense. Hence the 2011 MVP was not wrong to be awarded to Derrick Rose.

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