If he can play the whole season Derrick Rose will win the NBA MVP in 2014.
A lot of people are banking on LeBron winning it, becoming the first player ever to win 5 MVPs in 6 years. It won’t happen – the Rose story of coming back to overcome such a severe injury is too inviting for the MVP voters.
In 2004/05 Steve Nash won the MVP. His stats: 15 PPG, 11APG, 3 boards and a steal.
Allen Iverson that same year: 31PPG, 7.9 APG, 4 boards, 2.5 steals.
The reason Nash won wasn’t because he really deserved it – it was because at the start of the season every reporter ranked the Suns around to 6-8 seed in the West. Phoenix ended up winning 62 games for the leagues best record, which was a huge shock to all those reporters (and made them look a little stupid). And who votes for MVP? The press.
It doesn’t matter if LeBron ends the season with better stats than Rose – it’s about the story. If the Bulls win 50+ games and Rose plays most of the season he’s a lock for MVP…
UPDATE: Rose is out for the remainder of the season after meniscus surgery. Brutal.