Derrick Rose Is Not Your 2011 NBA MVP, Despite Popular Belief

March 27th, 2011 by Carlos Sandoval Leave a reply »
I hate to be a contrarian for the sole purpose of ticking someone off. I've never done that, and I'm not about to.

That post title you seen when you clicked to read the rest of this article is for real. Derrick Rose isn't your NBA league MVP.

Dwight Howard is.

That's because numbers don't lie, people. I don't care how you break down the MVP race, and how you determine an MVP. ("The best player on the best team!" or "The player who, if you remove him from the team, is missed the most!" aren't valid. Stop it.)

Quantitatively, Rose isn't putting up the numbers most casual NBA fans think he's putting up. There's no doubt he's had an amazing impact in the NBA in just his third year, but he's not the best player in the league. Not yet.

Numbers don't lie. And one number that's especially glaring is Rose's assist ratio, an advanced stat that tells us the rate of assists that end a player's possession. Rose doesn't rank in the top 50.

And while he uses 32.4 percent of his team's possessions—second in the league, only to Kobe Bryant—other players that are gifted playmakers and passers all ranked in the top 50 ...

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