With the Bulls holding the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 53-19 record, many analysts and followers of the NBA are succumbing to the fact that the MVP's playing in Chicago. It's Derrick Rose.
Rose is averaging a career-high in nearly every statistic; he's averaging 24.9 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds this season, numbers that might not be as good as LeBron James or Dwight Howard, but throw out all the efficiency stats. Just watch the games. It's about the results, the wins -- not solely statistics.
Rose has improved dramatically on his three-point shot -- hitting 80
more three's this season than he had in his first two seasons -- and has
become an above average defender. The Tom Thibodeau hiring paired with
Rose's defensive development is no coincidence.
Even with the Bulls missing a combined 54 games from Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, Rose has led the Bulls to the second-best record in the NBA behind San Antonio's 57-15 mark.
He's done everything for the Bulls this season. Simply put: He's the MVP. There's still some doubters, claiming his efficiency is still not MVP-caliber -- however, if you watch the NBA regularly, there's no denying that Rose is the MVP. No one could have foreseen the Bulls to be the East's best, arguably the NBA's best. Well, they are, and it's mostly because of Rose.
Still, what makes Rose so good is his humility. He's as humble a star as you'll find in today's star-driven, media-frenzy that is the NBA. Even after hanging 30 points and 17 assists on the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night -- in a 95-87 Bulls win -- Rose still isn't satisfied.
"I didn't do (crap) yet," Rose said to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. "We're a team that gets in the
first round (of the playoffs) and loses. We're trying to get past that."
The word wasn't crap, it was s---. We aren't use to Rose talking in such way, but this is what he is: A competitor. He knows the Bulls haven't done anything yet. They're coming off two back-to-back 41 win seasons that resulted in first-round exits. He won't stand for that, and last night told reporters that his main goal is to get to the second-round.
Even after putting up a 30-point, 17-rebound in a come-from-behind win for the Bulls, Rose still isn't satisfied. What makes him so dangerous is how hungry he remains even after a high -- he is the prime example of an even-kill attitude. He never gets too high, or too low.
The Bulls will go as far as Rose goes, and with his humble attitude, the chances that he gets complacent are slim-to-none.
And that's why he's the MVP.
76ers fall: The Bulls will play the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night at the United Center, but the 76ers will be playing on the back-end of a back-to-back after facing the Sacramento Kings in Philadelphia in a Sunday matinee.
The Kings stunned the 76ers, beating them 114-111 in an overtime thriller. The 76ers currently stand at 37-36, holding the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
They're still playing for a lot, as they try to hold off the New York Knicks, who are 2 games behind Philadelphia after Sunday.