Who Should Be This Year’s NBA MVP: Derrick Rose Or LeBron James?
With about 20 games remaining on every NBA team’s schedule, talk about who should be the NBA’s MVP this season is heating up. And though a handful of guys have had stellar seasons this year, the race seems to boil down to two names: Derrick Rose and LeBron James.
LBJ has done everything in his power to lose the MVP race in the last week by missing a pair of clutch shots at the end of games while leading the Heat to a five-game losing streak. And Rose has done everything to seal the deal, even landing an MVP endorsement from Michael Jordan earlier this week. But there’s something to be said for both of them winning the award. So we decided to break down why each player does—and doesn’t—deserve to take home the MVP trophy this year. And then we offered up our choice for this year’s MVP. So, only one question remains: Who do you think deserves to win?
Why He Should Be Named MVP: In just his third season, D-Rose has transformed himself into the best point guard in the league. While Chris Paul has done a decent job keeping the New Orleans Hornets afloat and Deron Williams has proven that he certainly isn’t a slouch for the New Jersey Nets, Rose has managed to lead the Chicago Bulls to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference right now. And while he has plenty of help—Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah anchor a strong Bulls lineup—he’s done a lot of the heavy lifting himself and taken his team to the top.
Why He Shouldn’t Be Named MVP: Rose doesn’t always put up the same flashy numbers that LeBron does. For instance, he’s not a threat to give you a triple-double night in and night out like LBJ. And while Rose has shown the ability to close out games, he still doesn’t have the in-your-face type of game that makes him seem like a beast at the end of games. But, trust us: If your team is playing the Bulls, you don’t want to put the ball into this guy’s hand at the end of a game and let him do his thing.
Why He Should Be Named MVP: He’s catching a lot of criticism right now due to his poor play at the start of March, but let’s not forget that LBJ is arguably the most gifted player in the NBA. He can give you a triple-double in points, rebounds, and assists any night of the week and, despite the fact that him and Dwayne Wade have gotten very little help from the Miami Heat’s role players this year, the team is still set up to make a deep playoff push this season.
Why He Shouldn’t Be Named MVP: He just hasn’t been as clutch as you’d like an NBA superstar to be. Granted, he could fix that with a single game-winning shot. But, it’s fair to say that Bron-Bron has let his team down a few times this season by failing to step up in big situations.
Our Vote: If we’re picking the player we want to build our franchise around, we’re going with LeBron. But who are we to argue with MJ about this year’s MVP? It has to be Derrick Rose. He’s shown the ability to lead a title contender this season and he’s become one of the best players in the league at the same time. He deserves the trophy—and he’s the guy who should go home with it this spring.