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NBA players select Derrick Rose as Rookie of the Year

Rose claims Sporting News' 2008-09 NBA rookie of the year award by a wide margin — he received 166 votes, while Memphis’ O.J. Mayo was second with 24.

NBA players select Rose as Rookie of the Year

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose named NBA Rookie of the Year | DRoseROY.com
Rose a unanimous selection to the 2008-09 NBA All-Rookie First Team

May 18, 2009 – Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, the No. 1 overall pick from last year's draft, has been selected by his peers as Sporting News' 2008-09 NBA rookie of the year.

The voting was done by 231 NBA players. Rose won the award by a wide margin — he received 166 votes, while Memphis’ O.J. Mayo was second with 24.

Rose averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds in helping lead the Bulls to the playoffs. His assists were the most of this year's rookies, and he was second among rookies in scoring.

“I have heard people compare him to me, and honestly, I am flattered," Hornets point guard Chris Paul said. "His speed is just incredible. I wish I was that fast. But he’s got the whole package. He knows how to score, he knows how to get his teammates involved, he knows how to run a game."

The entire NBA awards package will appear in the new Sporting News Magazine, which will be available at all Barnes & Noble, Borders and Hudson Retail outlets later this week.

Also, throughout this week, the awards will also be unveiled in Sporting News Today, the world’s first digital daily sports newspaper. To sign up for free, go to sportingnewstoday.com.

The awards schedule in Sporting News Today:

Tuesday: Coach of the Year
Wednesday: Executive of the Year
Thursday: Player of the Year
Friday: All-NBA team

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