MMPG: Rookie of the Year
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Like the last No. 1 pick fortunate enough to play for his hometown team, Derrick Rose lived up to the hype of being the top overall selection. But Rose will already have something on his resume that LeBron James needed three seasons to reach -- a playoff appearance. Rose had challengers from time to time, but he was essentially the best rookie from wire-to-wire and will be the only prominent rookie in the postseason. He is atop or near the top in several rookie categories and is about to become the eighth rookie in NBA history to average at least 16 points, 6 assists and 3.5 rebounds. The others were Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Penny Hardaway, Damon Stoudamire, Allen Iverson, Steve Francis and Chris Paul. Not bad, huh?
Others in consideration: O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder; Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets
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