In expected news, Derrick Rose was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday when the NBA announced all three All-NBA teams.
Rose was named the league's MVP two weeks ago, so an All-NBA team recognition was coming. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard joined Rose on the First Team.
The Second Team consists of Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Amar'e Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol. Chris Paul, Manu Ginobili, Zach Randolph, LaMarcus Aldridge and Al Horford headlined the Third Team.
It's just another honor to chalk up for Rose, who tied with Howard for the second-most First Team votes (118) and overall votes (593).
You can't argue with the overall selections. All the players who made it deserved it. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony barely missed an All-NBA Third Team recognition, however, you can't fault the voting as the players who did make the Third Team simply had better seasons.
But LeBron being the only unanimous choice?
Yep, the Most Valuable Player, Derrick Rose, didn't make the First Team unanimously. But LeBron did, as he took home 595 total votes and 119 First Team votes. The point guard position is deeper than small forward, but it's still hard to understand how LeBron finished with more First Team and overall votes compared to Rose.
Still, it's a great honor for the 22-year-old league MVP. It'll be fun to take a look at all these honors Rose is piling up after the season's over, though right now the only thing on Rose's mind is winning Game 6 in Atlanta.
It's all coming full circle for Rose, who famously asked before the season started, "Why can't I be MVP?" MVP, check. All-NBA First Team, check.
Now all he needs is an NBA Finals MVP trophy.