He isn’t attracting all the MVP attention for nothing.
Derrick Rose is a special player that only comes around once in a long while and the Bulls have struck gold twice in a twenty year period.
Rose is having by far his best season to date, and even though he may not be matching the stat totals of previous MVP’s, Rose is establishing career highs across the board.
Minutes. Field Goals. 3P%. Free Throws Made. FT%. Rebounds. Assists. Steals. Points.
Rose’s progress can be exemplified by looking at one category: Three Points shots. Last year Rose went 16-60. This year Rose has exploded that total, going 119-355 from beyond the arch.
By the time the season is over, Rose will most likely have eclipsed 19,000 points and needs just 26 assists to surpass the 600 mark. If he wins the MVP for nothing more than his progress, it will be justice.
But where Rose really makes his mark is his chemistry and his swagger. Rose is a bonafide superstar, except he doesn’t want that attention. How often does that happen? That’s part of what makes not only Rose a standup role model, but it makes the Bulls better.
In Miami and Boston, but definitely in Miami, you have a team of individuals where everyone wants to be the headline hero in the next days paper. In Chicago, if Derrick Rose can take the last second shot he will, but if he even senses that another guy is open, there is not a seconds hesitation on Rose’s part to get that guy the ball.
His best interest is in the team, not himself.
But the Bulls rarely need a last second shot, and that’s another thing you can attribute to Rose’s superstar quality. Rose has perfected his ability to close out games. It’s what I like to call the Chicago Chokehold. Once the Bulls get ahead, they never look back and never let up on the Chokehold. This is all about Rose as his swagger and energy is something the rest of the team feeds off of. He makes everyone around him better simply by stepping on the court and he’s only in his third season.
If that’s not an MVP then I have no clue what one is.