Derrick Rose for MVP? Why the Knicks guard got a vote for first place

Derrick Rose for MVP?  Why the Knicks guard got a vote for first place

NBA MVP vote totals looked about as expected.

First place votes for Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and. . . wait, Derrick Rose?

Yes, Rose has already won the MVP award. In fact, he was the youngest player to win it when he won the award at the age of 22 after the 2010-11 regular season. But since the end of the 2017 season, he’s only started 38 games in total, serving as a playmaker for the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Pistons and Knicks.

So how did he get a vote for MVP?

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According to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, Rose’s only first-place vote came from no one in the media. Of the 100 media votes, Jokic got 91, Curry got five, Paul got two, and Embiid and Antetokounmpo each got one.

Instead, Rose’s vote came from fan consensus voting, which has been part of the MVP voting process since 2010.

Rose’s 2020-21 season started with the Pistons, but he was traded to the Knicks in February. With New York, he started three regular season games and three of the team’s five playoff games. He averaged 14.9 points in the regular season, but he upped his playoff production, averaging 19.4 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Rose certainly had a solid streak in her 11th season. But a first place vote for MVP? It may be a bit too much.

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