Derrick Rose is Making History

Derrick Rose is Making History

He might be the league's Most Valuable Player this year, but what's more impressive is a simple reality: Derrick Rose is putting up historic numbers this year.

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Since the 1946-47 season, there have been 312 individual seasons in which a player averaged at least 7.8 assists. Out of those 312, only 23 have come from a player also averaging at least 24 points per game.

If that isn't an elite enough number, those 23 individual seasons were accomplished by only 10 players.

        player   yr ppg apg
Oscar Robertson 1960 30.5 9.7
Oscar Robertson 1961 30.8 11.4
Oscar Robertson 1962 28.3 9.5
Oscar Robertson 1963 31.4 11.0
Oscar Robertson 1964 30.4 11.5
Oscar Robertson 1965 31.3 11.1
Wilt Chamberlain 1966 24.1 7.8
Oscar Robertson 1966 30.5 10.7
Wilt Chamberlain 1967 24.3 8.6
Oscar Robertson 1967 29.2 9.7
Oscar Robertson 1968 24.7 9.8
Oscar Robertson 1969 25.3 8.1
Jerry West 1970 26.9 9.5
Archie Clark 1971 25.2 8.0
Nate Archibald 1971 28.2 9.2
Jerry West 1971 25.8 9.7
Nate Archibald 1972 34.0 11.4
Nate Archibald 1975 24.8 7.9
Michael Jordan 1988 32.5 8.0
Michael Adams 1990 26.5 10.5
Gary Payton 1999 24.2 8.9
Allen Iverson 2004 30.7 8.0
LeBron James 2010 29.7 8.6

Consider what Rose is doing this season. He has taken a Bulls team that was hoping to be a playoff contender last year into position to be the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He's their leading scorer and leading them in assists, not a small feat.

But think back at some of the great point guards in NBA history. Magic Johnson, Isaiah Thomas, Bob Cousy and Jason Kidd weren't able to do what Rose is averaging this year.

Indeed, if Rose averages 25 points and 8 assists this year, he would become only the tenth player in NBA history to do both in the same season. Ever.

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  • What is there FG% for those seasons, Rose's critics keep talking ab his shooting percentage as the key point against his MVP resume.

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