Quiet Confidence: Why Derrick Rose Is Making a Case For MVP

November 20th, 2010 by Wesley Kaminsky Leave a reply »
When Derrick Rose says something, you better take him seriously. Which is why when the humble, superstar point guard said at the beginning of the season, "Why can't I be MVP?" he was not kidding. 

Rose is averaging 25.2 points with 8.5 assists early in this NBA season and doesn't look to be slowing down. With Carlos Boozer still nursing a hand injury, Rose is putting the Bulls on his back, and is nearly impossible to guard now that he developed an outside shot. The biggest knock on Rose was that he could not shoot, but he continues to prove the doubters wrong. In his first two seasons, Rose made just 16 threes per year, and now 11 games into this season Rose already has 14 threes. He warned us that his outside shot was coming, and he is showing everyone he was not lying.

Let's take at the Bulls-Rockets game for example. The Bulls were down 71-63 through three quarters and were struggling to develop any rhythm on offense. Rose came into the game and hit back to back threes, six of his 17 fourth quarter points. The Bulls won that game 95-92.

With Rose emerging as one of the league's top point guards and Joakim Noah continuing to do the intangi ...

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