By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
Posted May 3 2011 5:26PM
Derrick Rose is the youngest winner of the Most Valuable Player award in NBA history, winning the award in the year he would be a college senior. Rose was clearly the best player on the team with the league's best record, but on the surface, there wasn't a strong statistical case for him as the most impactful player in the league.
Rose carried a huge load for the Chicago Bulls offensively, but the team's success came primarily from their defense and rebounding. Still, when you go deeper into the numbers and see how successful the Bulls were down the stretch of close games, it's easier to see why Rose was voted the MVP.
NBA.com StatsCube takes a closer look at Rose's statistical impact on the Bulls.
The Bulls had the 12th best offense in the league, scoring 105.5 points per 100 possessions, and the No. 1 defense, allowing just 97.4. With Rose on the floor, they scored 107.5 points per 100 possessions (equivalent to the ninth best offense) and allowed 99.2 (equivalent to the fourth best defense).
|Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes|
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
The Bulls weren't just a much better offensive team with Rose on the floor because of his scoring. As it should be with a top point guard, his teammates were better shooters. Of the eight players that Rose played the most minutes with, six of them were more efficient scorers (higher true shooting percentage) with him on the floor than they were with him on the bench.
|Rose's top eight teammates' shooting|
|Players: Keith Bogans, Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver, Joakim Noah and Kurt Thomas|
eFG% = (FGM + (0.5*3PM))/FGA
TS% = Points/(2*(FGA+(0.44*FTA)))
Rose ranked second in the league in usage rate, which is the percent of his team's possessions a player uses while he's on the court via field goal attempts, free throw attempts, assists and turnovers. Rose's usage rate of 35.9 percent was second only to Kobe Bryant (39.5 percent).
|Highest usage rate|
|Usg% = Percentage of teams possessions used while on floor|
ASTRatio = Assists per 100 possessions used
FGM (%AST) = Percentage of field goals that were assisted
Anyone who has watched the Bulls this season will tell you that Rose's impact is greatest in the fourth quarter, when he seemingly takes over the game. The Bulls were 17-8 in games decided by five points or less, and the numbers make it clear that Rose carried a heavier load in the fourth quarter than in the other three, and that the Bulls are better off for it.
|Derrick Rose by quarter|
|FTA Rate = FTA/FGA|
As a close game gets closer to the final buzzer, Rose carries an even heavier load, and the Bulls are even better.
|Rose in close games|
|5 min, 5 or less = Last five minutes of fourth quarter or overtime, with score differential of five points or less|
3 min, 3 or less = Last three minutes of fourth quarter or overtime, with score differential of three points or less
Overall, the Bulls had the league's 12th best offense. But in the last five minutes with a score differential of five points or less, they had the league's sixth best offense. And in the last three minutes with a score differential of three points or less, they had the league's third best offense, with the ball almost always in Rose's hands.
In the last 30 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime with the score tied or with the Bulls down 1-3 points, Rose was just 4-for-12 from the field. But no one got to the line more often than he did (6-for-7) in that situation.
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