On Friday Bleacher Report released a list ranking every NBA MVP since 2000. Derrick Rose, still the youngest MVP in league history, came in at No. 19 on the list. Rose’s ranking placed him one spot ahead of Allen Iverson’s 2001 MVP campaign and one spot behind Steve Nash’s second MVP season in 2006.
In the 2010-11 season, the Bulls won 62 games and were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference over the LeBron James-led Miami Heat. That season was Rose’s third in the league and the then-22-year-old averaged a robust 25.0 points and 7.7 assists per game while maintaining a 55.0% true shooting percentage.
Though Rose’s individual 2010-11 season was excellent, the team itself was propped up by an elite defense. On top of that, a staple of the Tom Thibodeau-era Bulls teams was the ability to succeed no matter who was in the lineup, a true “next man up” mentality. To that point, Bleacher Report’s list notes that the 2010-11 Bulls posted a plus-5.8 net rating when Rose was off the floor, further evidence of how good the team was sans Rose.
Rose is still no doubt one of the most impressive MVPs in league history. A 22-year old guard from Chicago helped bring his hometown franchise back to the forefront of the NBA title conversation, and that amazing feat was enough to place Rose ahead of the only guard on Bleacher Report’s list with a lower true shooting percentage in Iverson.