Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose Is League MVP Through First Two Months

January 5th, 2011 by Jimmy Lobus Leave a reply »
When Derrick Rose asked, "Why not me for MVP?" most people probably shrugged it off and did not think twice about it.

Well, just over two months into the NBA season, Rose is exactly that: The leader of the MVP race. With all due respect to Dirk Nowitzki, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Deron Williams, Rose is the guy. 

Rose not only has the numbers, just under 24 points per game and 8.5 assists per game, but he has had to carry a Bulls team that has played all but about two weeks without either Carlos Boozer or Joakim Noah.

The Bulls missed Boozer for the first 15 games of the season as he recovered from a broken finger. Rose led the Bulls to a 9-6 record, including a 4-3 mark on their annual circus trip. 

About two weeks after Boozer came back, Noah went out with thumb surgery. 

No other MVP candidate has had to deal with injuries to its second and third best players that have kept them out for extended periods of time. 

Rose also has the Bulls sitting atop the Central Division and it looks like they will run away with it. They're also in third place in the Eastern Conference and have won 14 of thei ...

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