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Chicago’s Rose named East’s Rookie of the Month

Derrick Rose Rose became the first Bulls rookie since Michael Jordan to score 10 or more points in the first 10 games of his rookie season.
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    NEW YORK, December 1, 2008 The Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose and the Memphis Grizzlies’ O.J. Mayo today were named the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played from the start of the season (Oct. 28) through November.

    For every point scored by the players named the T-Mobile Rookie of the Month, T-Mobile will donate $20 per point scored to school districts in Phoenix, in support of a season-long effort to better the various youth communities in Phoenix, the Host City of NBA All-Star 2009. The four Phoenix school districts that will benefit from the donations are the Creighton School District, Isaac School District, Phoenix Elementary School District, and Roosevelt School District.

    This month T-Mobile will donate $7460 on behalf of Mayo and $6260 on behalf of Rose winning the T-Mobile Rookie of the Month Awards. The donation is part of the overall T-Mobile Rookie Program and builds on T-Mobile’s strong appeal to the nation’s youth as the official wireless partner of the NBA. Other highlights of T-Mobile’s partnership with the NBA include the T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, T-Mobile Rookie of the Month Awards, and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, an All-Star competition between NBA rookies and second-year players. During NBA All-Star 2009, T-Mobile and NBA Cares will host more than 3,500 local students from the aforementioned school districts in Phoenix, to sit in the lower bowl of the arena to watch this year’s T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, February 13.

    Rose is ranked first among all Eastern Conference rookies in scoring average (18.4), assists per game (6.0) and minutes per game (38.0). He has scored in double-figures in all but one game and has led his team in scoring six times and in assists 13 times. He became the first Bulls rookie since Michael Jordan, in 1984-85, to score 10 or more points in the first 10 games of his rookie season. His nine assists in his NBA debut tied for the second-most by a No. 1 pick in his pro debut since the common draft began in 1966.

    Mayo leads all rookies in scoring with 21.9 ppg, the highest scoring average for a first-year player since Allen Iverson (23.4 ppg) in 1996-97. He ranks in the Top 10 among rookies in seven major categories, including scoring average, minutes, assists, steals, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, and is the first rookie to have four 30-plus point games within his first 17 career games since Allen Iverson (five) in 1996-97. In addition, Mayo is on pace to become just the fifth rookie since the 1996-97 season to average over 39.0 minutes, joining LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and Shane Battier.

    Here is a recap of the month for both Rose and Mayo:

    Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

  • Nov. 1 vs. Memphis: Tallied a career-high 26 points, six rebounds, and three assists in a 98-86 victory over the Grizzlies.
  • Nov. 11 vs. Atlanta: Matched a career-high in points (26) and rebounds (10) in a 113-108 loss to the Hawks.
  • Nov. 18 @ Los Angeles: Posted 25 points and nine assists in a 116-109 loss to the Lakers.
  • Nov. 24 @ Utah: Recorded 25 points and nine assists in a 101-100 win against the Jazz.

    O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies

  • Nov. 5 vs. Sacramento: Tallied 28 points and had a career-high three steals in a 100-95 loss to the Kings.
  • Nov. 9 @ Denver: Posted 31 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 100-90 loss to the Nuggets.
  • Nov. 10 @ Phoenix: Registered career highs in points (33), assists (five) and steals (three)
    in a 107-102 loss to the Suns.
  • Nov. 28 vs. San Antonio: Scored 32 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 109-98 loss to the Spurs.
  • Nov. 29 vs. Oklahoma City: Registered 30 points and seven rebounds in a 111-103 loss to the Thunder.

    Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month were Charlotte’s D.J. Augustin, Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Miami’s Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers, Milwaukee’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, New Jersey's Brook Lopez, Portland’s Rudy Fernandez, Sacramento’s Jason Thompson and San Antonio’s George Hill.