Derrick Rose Becomes Youngest NBA MVP Ever

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2011 NBA MVP Voting Breakdown: Derrick Rose Wins Easily

The 2011 NBA MVP Award was a hotly-debated topic on the Internet, with Derrick Rose vs. Dwight Howard spurring a classic eye-test vs. stats debate that waged throughout the winter and early spring. As it turned out, though, the debate wasn't really much of a debate. Rose earned 113 of the 121 first-place votes (one ballot was for the fans), and had 1,182 points in total in winning MVP. Nobody even placed him lower than third on their ballot.

The other first-place votes went to LeBron James (4), Dwight Howard (3) and Kobe Bryant (1). Here is the full breakdown of the MVP voting, via an NBA press release.

Player Team First Second Third Fourth Fifth Total
Derrick Rose Chicago 113 6 2 - - 1182
Dwight Howard Orlando 3 57 31 16 11 643
LeBron James Miami 4 26 39 31 12 522
Kobe Bryant LA Lakers 1 18 32 40 12 428
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City - 6 10 20 38 190
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas - 5 3 11 30 113
Dwyane Wade Miami - 1 1 2 6 24
Manu Ginobili San Antonio - 2 - - 6 20
Amar'e Stoudemire New York - - 1 - 4 9
Blake Griffin LA Clippers - - 1 - - 5
Rajon Rondo Boston - - 1 - - 5
Tony Parker San Antonio - - - 1 - 3
Chris Paul New Orleans - - - - 2 2
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Derrick Rose Wins NBA MVP In Landslide Vote

Derrick Rose has officially been announced as the 2011 NBA MVP, winning the award in a landslide vote. Rose collected 113 of 120 first-place votes to win the MVP, the league announced in a press release Wednesday. Rose becomes the youngest player to ever win the MVP award, winning at age 22 to top Wes Unseld, who won the 1968/69 MVP at age 23.

Rose's candidacy gained momentum throughout the season, and it was cemented after the Bulls finished the season with the best record in the NBA. He averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds for the Bulls this season, becoming the first player since 1973 to win the award after not garnering a vote in the previous season. 

Rose received 1,182 points total (10 for first, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth) Dwight Howard finished second in the voting with 682 points, finishing with three first-place votes. LeBron James was third with four first-place votes and 522 points. Kobe Bryant (1, 428) finished fourth, while Kevin Durant (190 points) was fifth.

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Derrick Rose To Become Youngest NBA MVP Ever, According To Report

Derrick Rose will be named the NBA MVP of the 2010-11 season, according to a report by ESPN's Jon Greenberg. While that's not exactly a surprise, (though maybe it should be!), it's still pretty big news, as he'd be the youngest winner in the award's history. Rose and the Chicago Bulls are a little busy right now, engaged in a playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks.

According to the report, Rose will be officially notified Tuesday morning, and will be presented his prize during a Game 2 ceremony Wednesday.

On the year, Rose averaged 37.4 minutes, 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. His postseason numbers have fluctuated somewhat, as he's passing less while shooting more with less accuracy (follow along!), he's still the unquestioned leader of the NBA's best team so far this season.

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