- Bruce Blitz - April 14, 2011 7:00pm CT
OK folks, so here's the deal.... the NBA media has already anointed Derrick Rose as the 2010-2011 regular season most valuable player. Of course Derrick Rose is a viable most valuable player candidate, but hands down winner? You mean to tell me that the media universally agrees that Derrick Rose is more valuable to his team than everyone else? Since when has the media been able to agree on anything? There are many conspiracy theories that I could insert into this portion of my article, but let's just say that most of us hardcore basketball fans aren't buying what the media is selling.
I would also like to point out that the Miami Heat have been 3-2 without Wade (4-2 if you include the final throw away game against Toronto), 0-2 without LeBron (1-2 if you include the final throw away game against Toronto), and the Bulls have been 0-1 without Rose (1 point loss to Denver). The biggest myth in the media right now is "subtract LeBron" vs "subtract Rose" and that's why Rose is MVP. These same people will concede that "LeBron is the better player" but somehow the Heat have a worse record with LeBron (2nd best scorer in the game) and Wade (3rd best scorer in the game) but somehow the Bulls supporting cast is so horrible that the Bulls have a better record than Miami despite Wade and LeBron being "better players" than Rose. These same people will use Wade as reason why the Heat would be so much better than a Roseless Bulls team but they will not take into account that LeBron has lost over half of his touches and opportunities this year playing next to Wade. These same people will not acknowledge how great Gibson was defensively in Boozer's absence or how great Kurt Thomas played in Noah's absence (on the boards and defensively). These same people didn't watch how when Boozer went out, Deng picked up his scoring. When Noah went out, Deng filled in the absence on the boards. Luol Deng stepped up his play more than D Rose in Boozer and Noah's absence. These same people will not acknowledge the absence of Mike Miller for a good portion of the season or Udonis Haslem. The argument contradicts itself. The Bulls have the best defensive and overall second unit in the NBA. I even added the +/- stat to further back up this finding to a certain mathematic degree. Even more compelling evidence that the media is spewing pure false information can be found at the bottom of the page highlighted in yellow.
With all of that being said, I come to my own personal conclusions from watching the games. I plopped down my 200 dollars and paid DirecTV for my league pass. I personally followed the NBA very closely this season (like I do every year). So I want to point out that I am NOT John Hollinger, I do not BASE my opinions on stats. I base my opinions on observations. I come to conclusions while watching the games. I also back up my conclusions and observations with this thing that the media fails to use enough, FACTS AND PERSPECTIVE.Usage Pct:
When D Rose was on the court the Bulls outscored the opponent by 8.74 points per 100 possessions, when D Rose was not on the court the Bulls outscored the opponent by 6.3 points per 100 possessions. That's a 2.44 point decrease that the Bulls endured without Rose on the court.
When LeBron James was on the court the Heat outscored the opponent by 10.33 points per 100 possessions, when LeBron James was not on the court (usually Wade and/or Bosh stayed on when LBJ was not on the court), but when LBJ was not on the court the Heat outscored the opponent by 1.01 points per 100 possessions. That's a 9.32 point decrease that the Heat endured without LeBron on the court.
So to summarize, the Bulls's production dropped 2.44 points per 100 possessions without Rose, the Heat's production dropped 10.32 points per 100 possessions without LeBron. That sums up the entire "the Bulls needed Rose more than the Heat needed LeBron" myth.
There is also the notion that for a player to win 3 straight MVP awards, he must be on the exact level or higher than Larry Bird. Now I'm not saying LeBron is on Bird's level, yet, and I'm not saying he ever will be, but let's look at the performance markers between LeBron's last 3 seasons as compared to Larry Bird's 3 straight MVP award seasons...
LeBron 2008-2011 (2 time MVP, possibly 3)
Larry Bird 1983-1986 (3 time MVP)
Bird: 1983-84: 24.2ppg, 10.1rebs, 6.6asts, 1.8stl, 0.9blk, 49.2%fg 24.7%3pt, 1,867 points, 734 missed shots
LBJ: 2008-09: 30.0ppg, 7.9rebs, 7.2asts, 1.8stl, 1.1blk 48.4%fg, 31.5%3pt, 2,304 points, 824 missed shots
Bird 1984-85: 28.7ppg, 10.5rebs, 6.6asts, 1.6stl, 1.2blk, 52.2%fg, 42.7%3pt, 2,295 points, 842 missed shots
LBJ 2009-10: 29.7ppg, 7.3rebs, 8.6asts, 1.6stl, 1.0blk, 50.3%fg, 33.3%3pt, 2,258 points, 760 missed shots
Bird 1985-86: 25.8ppg, 9.8rebs, 6.8asts, 2.0stl, 0.6blk, 49.6%fg, 42.3%3pt, 2,115 points, 810 missed shots
LBJ 2010-11: 26.7ppg, 7.5rebs, 7.0asts, 1.6stl, 0.6blk, 51.1%fg, 33.0%3pt, 2,111 points, 726 missed shots
Other top 10 MVP candidates in 1985-86:
Dominique Wilkins: 2,366pts, 30.3ppg, 46.8%fg, 18.6%3pt, 7.9rebs, 2.6asts, 1.8stl, 0.6blk
Magic Johnson: 1,354pts, 18.8ppg, 52.6%fg, 23.3%3pt, 5.9rebs, 12.6asts, 1.6stl, 0.2blk
Hakeem Olajuwon: 1,597pts, 23.5ppg, 52.6%fg, (N/A)3pt, 11.5rebs, 2.0asts, 2.0stl, 3.4blk
Kareem Abdul Jabbar: 1,846pts, 23.4ppg, 56.4%fg, 0.00%3pt, 6.1rebs, 3.5asts, 0.8stl, 1.6blk
Charles Barkley: 1,603pts, 20.0ppg, 57.2%fg, 22.7%3pt, 12.8rebs, 3.9asts, 2.2stl, 1.6blk
Sidney Moncrief: 1,471pts, 20.2ppg, 48.9%fg, 32.0%3pt, 4.6rebs, 4.9asts, 1.4stl, 0.2blk
Alex English: 2,414pts, 29.8ppg, 50.4%fg, 20.0%3pt, 5.0rebs, 4.0asts, 0.9stl, 0.4blk
Isiah Thomas: 1,609pts, 20.9ppg, 48.8%fg, 31.0%3pt, 3.6rebs, 10.8asts, 2.2stl, 0.3blk
Moses Malone: 1,759pts, 23.8ppg, 45.8%fg, 00.0%3pt, 11.8rebs, 1.2asts, 0.9stl, 1.0blk
Derrick Rose: 2,026pts, 886 missed shots, 25.0ppg, 44.5%fg, 33.2%3pt, 4.1rebs, 7.7asts, 1.0stl, 0.6blk
LeBron James: 2,111pts, 726 missed shots, 26.7ppg, 51.1%fg, 33.0%3pt, 7.5rebs, 7.0asts, 1.6stl, 0.6blk
Is Derrick Rose really playing at a high enough level to deny LeBron James of a 3rd straight MVP or is it purely the media's agenda to "get back" at LeBron for their own various personal reasons? Is the media showing LeBron "who's boss"? I don't know, but it's very peculiar how this is playing out. D Rose was anointed as MVP 2+ months before the season's even gonna end, and they have promoted D Rose to the masses at an alarming rate. Of course D Rose is a fantastic ball player, but the discrepancy in coverage is alarming.
Hall of famers played with during these 3 years between Bird and LeBron.
08-09 - none,
09-10 - Shaq, past prime, only played 53 games,
10-11 - Wade.....
83-84: Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish,
84-85: Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish,
85-86: Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Bill Walton(past prime).
"Players with superstars as teammates do not deserve an MVP award." - Paraphrasing the media...
Well, remember though, it was OK for Larry Bird to win 3 straight MVP's with 3 hall of famers close to their prime, if not in their prime, as teammates.
Most Valuable Player - LeBron James
1) LeBron James, 2) Dwight Howard, 3) Derrick Rose, 4) Dirk Nowitzki, 5) Dwyane Wade
Defensive Player Of The Year - Dwight Howard
Rookie Of The Year - Blake Griffin
Sixth Man Of The Year - Lamar Odom
Most Improved Player Of The Year - Kevin Love
Comeback Player Of The Year - Chris Paul
Coach Of The Year - Tom Thibodeau
Broadcaster Of The Year - Hubie Brown
Writer Of The Year - Henry Abbott
All NBA First Team: Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose
All NBA Second Team: Pau Gasol, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook
All NBA Third Team: Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge, Luol Deng, Manu Ginobli, Chris Paul
NBA All-Defensive First Team: Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo
NBA All-Defensive Second Team: Andrew Bogut, Serge Ibaka, Luol Deng, John Salmons, Russell Westbrook