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  • Block at the Box
    Derrick Rose climbs the ladder to make the block at the top of the box on the backboard.
  • Derrick Rose Top 10 Plays
    Check out the top 10 plays from a likely MVP candidate during the 2010-11 NBA season.
  • Rose puts on a Show
    Derrick Rose sinks the bucket right before the horn goes off.
  • Rose's Big Night
    Derrick Rose has a big night in Atlanta, scoring 30ts and 10 ast in the Bulls' win over the Hawks.
  • Rose's reverse
    "Too big, too strong, too fast, too good!"
  • Rose Throwdown
    Derrick Rose cuts to the basket, gets the pass and throws down the two-handed jam.
  • Rose Dominance
    Derrick Rose is building his MVP candidacy stronger with his sheer dominance in the game right now.
  • Rose Super Dunk
    Derrick Rose drives into the lane and finishes with a monster two-hand slam.
  • Rose splits the Miami D
    Derrick Rose goes coast-to-coast and finishes with an amazing lay in between Wade and James
  • Rockin Rose
    Derrick Rose spins in the lane for the pretty layup.
  • Derrick Rose's Top 10 Plays
    Check out the plays that helped Derrick Rose onto his second straight All-Star team.
  • 2011 All-Star: Derrick Rose
    Derrick Rose has been voted onto his second straight All-Star team, his first as a starter.
Year MPG 3FGM 3FGA 3FG% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG 30+ Points 10+ Assists Double-Doubles
2008-09 37.0 16 72 .222 3.9 6.3 0.81 0.22 16.8 N/A 6 games 8 games
2009-10 36.8 16 60 .267 3.8 6.0 0.73 0.35 20.8 8 games 6 games 6 games
2010-11 37.5 112 340 .329 4.2 7.9 1.06 0.63 25.0 20 games 19 games 21 games^
^ Includes one triple-double (Posted 22 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds at MEM on Jan. 17)

ROSE NOTES (through March 30)

Derrick Rose racked up 307 points and 101 assists in Chicago's first 12 games this year. Rose became the ninth different player in NBA history to amass at least 300 points and 100 assists in his team's first 12 games of a season. Oscar Robertson did it five times, Dave Bing, Jerry West, Nate Archibald, Isiah Thomas, Michael Adams, Gary Payton and Allen Iverson each did it once (Elias Sports Bureau).

Against Houston on Dec. 4, Derrick Rose had 30 points, 11 assists and a career-high five steals. Since 1973, when the NBA first began recording steals for individuals, the only other Bulls players with a 30/10/5 (points/assists/steals) game were Michael Jordan (four times in the regular season and four times in the playoffs) and Scottie Pippen (twice in the regular season/Elias Sports Bureau).

This year, Derrick Rose is averaging career highs in ppg, apg, rpg, spg, bpg, mpg and 3FG%.

On Jan. 20 against Dallas, Derrick Rose tallied a game-high 26 points, to go along with nine assists and seven boards. Rose’s performance was unusual in the fact that none of his teammates scored 10 or more points. Over the last 10 seasons, only two other teams won a game in which just one player scored in double-figures: the Cavaliers behind a 37-point night by LeBron James three years ago and the Lakers with a 62-point performance by Kobe Bryant in December 2005. The Bulls had only one other such victory in team history, behind Michael Jordan’s 45 points against the Sonics in 1997 (Elias Sports Bureau).

Derrick Rose averaged 26.4 ppg and 8.2 apg during the month of February. His February scoring average is the highest scoring average by a Bulls player in a month of 10 or more games since Michael Jordan averaged 28.9 ppg in March 1998. No other NBA player has had a month this season in which he averaged at least 26.0 ppg and 8.0 apg (Elias Sports Bureau).

At Milwaukee on March 26, Derrick Rose scored three straight shots in the closing minutes, turning an 87-87 tie into a 93-87 lead, and then assisted on the game's final field-goal as the Bulls won 95-87. He scored or assisted on Chicago’s final 16 points of the game, as he finished with 30 points and a career-high 17 assists, to become only the third player in Bulls history to reach those marks in one game (Guy Rodgers had a 34/18 game in 1966, in the third game in Bulls franchise history, and Michael Jordan had a 33/17 game in 1989). Rose also became the first player in NBA history to reach 30 points and 17 assists in a game in which his team scored 95 or fewer points (Elias Sports Bureau).

On the year, Derrick Rose has posted 21 double-doubles (including one triple-double), the most by a Bulls guard since Scottie Pippen recorded 27 in 1994-95.

Derrick Rose is the only player in the NBA who ranks in the top 10 in scoring (seventh) and assists (10th). Only one other time in team history has a Bulls player finished in the top 10 in scoring and assists. In 1988-89, Michael Jordan led the NBA in scoring with 32.5 ppg and he finished 10th in assists per game with 8.0 (Elias Sports Bureau).

Derrick Rose is the only player in the NBA who is averaging at least 24.0 ppg and 7.5 apg this season.

After claiming the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award in 2009, and then earning NBA All-Star nods in 2010 and 2011, Derrick Rose continues to elevate his game. In his third year, the 22-year old Chicago native is currently posting career highs in several categories.

Chicago is 15-3 following a loss this year. In those games, Rose has averaged 27.2 ppg, 7.1 apg, 5.4 rpg and 1.10 spg in 38.5 mpg.

Currently averaging 25.0 ppg, 7.9 apg and 4.0 rpg, should he finish the year with averages of 24.0, 8.0 apg and 4.0 rpg or better, he would be come just the seventh player in NBA history to record those averages in a single season, joining the likes of Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Gary Payton and LeBron James.

On the year, Derrick Rose’s fourth-quarter heroics have helped propel the Bulls to victory 20 times.

View the Rose Factor

Date/Opponent Situation Rose Factor Result
Nov.11 vs. DEN Chicago trailed 84-82 with 4:34 in the 4th quarter Scored four of his eight 4th-quarter points in the final 3:39 of regulation Chicago won 94-92
Nov.16 at HOU Chicago trailed 71-63 at the start of the 4th quarter Scored 17 of his game-high 33 points in the 4th quarter and stole the ball at the end of regulation Chicago won 95-92
Nov. 19 at DAL Chicago trailed 77-76 with 3:15 in the 4th quarter Scored eight of his team-high 22 points in the 4th quarter, including three in the final 1:00 of regulation Chicago won 96-85
Nov. 27 at SAC Chicago trailed 76-69 at the start of the 4th quarter Scored eight of his game-high 30 points in the 4th quarter Chicago won 96-85
Nov. 24 at PHO Chicago trailed 101-99 with 0:14.7 in the 4th quarter Made two free throws with 0:14.7 to play and send the game in overtime; he then scored 11 points in two overtime periods Chicago won 123-115 (2 OT)
Dec. 4 vs. HOU Chicago trailed 109-106 with 0:10.7 in the 4th quarter Hit a 25-foot three pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime; scored five of Chicago’s 10 overtime-points Chicago won 119-116 (OT)
Dec. 8 at CLE Chicago trailed 83-82 with 0:26.2 in the 4th quarter Drew a foul after making a layup for a three-point play with 0:19.6 to play Chicago won 88-83
Dec. 10 vs. LAL Chicago led 83-80 with 0:48.4 in the 4th quarter Scored three of his game-high 29 points in the final 0:25.2 of regulation Chicago won 88-84
Jan. 8 vs. BOS Chicago led 67-64 at the start of the 4th quarter Scored nine of his game-high 36 points in the 4th quarter Chicago won 90-79
Jan. 15 vs. MIA Chicago trailed 96-95 with 0:37.2 in the 4th quarter Scored five of his 11 4th-quarter points in the final 1:40 of regulation Chicago won 99-96
Jan. 20 vs. DAL Chicago trailed 66-62 with 9:45 in the 4th quarter Scored six of his game-high 26 points over the final 8:54 of regulation Chicago won 82-77
Jan. 22 vs. CLE Chicago led 77-75 with 4:37 in the 4th quarter Scored seven of his team-high 24 points in the final 4:20 of regulation Chicago won 92-79
Jan. 28 vs. ORL Chicago led 93-90 with 1:28 in the 4th quarter Scored four of Chicago’s final six points, en route to 22 points Chicago won 99-90
Feb. 9 at UTA Chicago led 82-81 with 3:30 in the 4th quarter Scored four of his 11 4th-quarter points in the final 2:48 of regulation Chicago won 91-86
Feb. 9 at UTA Chicago led 82-81 with 3:30 in the 4th quarter Scored four of his 11 4th-quarter points in the final 2:48 of regulation Chicago won 91-86
Feb. 24 vs. MIA Chicago trailed 84-83 with 3:00 in the 4th quarter Scored four of Chicago’s final 10 points, and added two assists in the final 2:49 of regulation Chicago won 93-89
March 6 at MIA Tied 76-76 with 5:00 in the 4th quarter Scored six of Chicago’s final 11 points in the final 4:52, en route to a game-high 27 points Chicago won 87-86
March 7 vs. NO 57-53 with 4:15 in the 3rd quarter Scored, or dished out an assist, for a string of 20 straight Chicago points (14 points, three assists), en route to a game-high 24 points Chicago won 85-77
March 17 at NJ Tied 67-67 with 5:00 in the 4th quarter Scored four of his team-high 21 points in the final 4:53 of regulation Chicago won 84-73
March 25 vs. MEM Tied 93-93 with 2:28 in the 4th quarter Scored Chicago’s final six points in the final 2:28 of regulation, en route to a game-high 24 points Chicago won 99-96
March 26 at MIL Trailed 87-83 with 2:55 in the 4th quarter Scored or assisted on Chicago’s final 16 points of the game, as he scored 30 points and dished out a career-high 17 assists; Chicago finished the game on a 12-0 run Chicago won 95-87

"Once again, I think they have got the MVP of the league. That kid has come into his own. He has matured quite a bit. When he came into the league, everybody said he had speed, he could get to the rim, but he can't shoot. Now he can shoot—the three, as well as pull-up shots. He has very few flaws. I'm pretty sure the next thing they are going to say is that he doesn't play good defense, or he can't handle a double-team. Time will tell. The kid works hard and I think he's a great piece for this franchise to rebuild with."

-- Michael Jordan on Derrick Rose

"Chicago's Derrick Rose is clearly the MVP in my mind. I've had the opportunity to watch him play every night and I'm very high on the way he's developed as a leader. Now, his team is playing towards a 60-win season. He's been spectacular."

-- Scottie Pippen on Derrick Rose

"Derrick has been tremendous down the stretch of games. What separates him from the other contenders for MVP is when you look at the Bulls' overall success. His winning attitude has become contagious. He's made great strides defensively, giving the same effort on that end of the floor as he does offensively. He gets better every night because he's so competitive. He stepped up on defense and his team has followed. That's the definition of leadership."

-- Scottie Pippen on Derrick Rose

"Derrick is playing extremely well. He's definitely probably the MVP of this league. This guy had 30 (points) and 17 (assists against Milwaukee on March 26). He can affect this game by scoring and also by his teammates. He is just going to get better, which is going to be a lot of fun to watch. I think he has all of the tools to be one of the best that played the game."

-- 10-time NBA All-Star Jason Kidd

"Derrick has been phenomenal this year. He continues to grow. He's not only a terrific athlete, but he has turned into a terrific basketball player and he's a great kid. He's a willing learner [and] teammate, and I have nothing but great things to say about him."

-- Two-time MVP (2005, 2006) and seven-time NBA All-Star Steve Nash

"He has stepped up and is now one of the best players in the league. I think he is a worthy MVP this year. But regardless, he's a terrific player and will have a sensational career."

-- Two-time MVP (2005, 2006) and seven-time NBA All-Star Steve Nash

"LeBron has won the last two [MVP awards]. He is my teammate, but Derrick has had a phenomenal season. Just looking at what he has done with the team and their record, how improved they are as a team and how much improved he is as a player. I think it's close, but I think I would give it to Derrick if I were a voter."

-- Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh

"He's playing well, like he's the best point guard in the league and the best player in the league. He's the most valuable player if you really think about it. If you take him out of the lineup, there is no telling what you get."

-- Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh

"Derrick is having a great year. I don't have a vote, but of course Derrick is one of the guys who is a front-runner. He's got to finish out this year strong. Of course, I believe LeBron is a front-runner as well. Those two guys are the leaders of the MVP run. I'm going to be biased and choose my teammate. There's no question about it."

-- Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade

"Like I always keep saying, with team success comes individual accolades. D-Rose is having an unbelievable season. He's doing everything and more to help this team be a contender. There is no way you can mention the MVP race without mentioning his name."

-- Miami Heat forward LeBron James

"I think the sky is the limit for him. You see now just with the improvement he's made off his jump shot from last year to this year how much his game has really gone to another level. I think he's just scratching the surface. He's realizing now what a jump shot can do. Hopefully, he'll continue to work on it and become a pure shooter."

-- Five-time NBA champion and 2008 NBA MVP Kobe Bryant

"Derrick Rose isn't so much a name as a sentence. As in: Derrick Rose in the NBA three years ago and hasn't stopped since. He's my MVP so far, not just for the way he's carried the limping Chicago Bulls the way Penn's carried Teller. And not just for the way he jumps like a frog bred with a kangaroo. And not just for the way he scores, defends and passes like every game is a one-day tryout."

-- 11-time National Sportswriter of the Year Rick Reilly, ESPN.com

"Hard working, good looking, no chest thumping, and modest demeanor; just a class act. All of that on top of his phenomenal play. He has taken a monster leap this year. What's really great about him is that he seems to love the pressure in putting his team on his back. He has the character and the demeanor to do that. Superstars have that character and leadership gene."

-- San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich

"I would imagine that just out of the blue that Derrick Rose is going to be the guy. That team is what, first in the East right now, or tied? He's literally vaulted that team up on his shoulders by [Carlos] Boozer being out the first month and a half or so. I would say just on pure ‘one guy', individually, he's probably going to get a lot of votes."

-- Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson

"I think [it's] Derrick Rose. What he's done for that team, with all the injuries they have and them being first in the Eastern Conference -- they're playing some really good basketball."

-- Two-time MVP (2009, 2010) and seven-time NBA All-Star LeBron James

"Right now, statistically, it's probably one of the best years I've had. But we'll see. The media kind of controls it. You've got some guys here that have done their job also. At one point, I thought Dirk [Nowitzki] was also [worthy] until he got hurt. But Derrick Rose definitely has gotten a lot of the exposure and a lot of the media attention because of the work he's done. He's playing some unbelievable basketball."

-- Two-time MVP (2009, 2010) and seven-time NBA All-Star LeBron James

"You look at what he's done with his team, it's tough to argue D-Rose isn't the MVP."

-- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love


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