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MMPG: Rookie of the Year

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

I am No. 1, cause two is not a winner and three nobody remembers. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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

By Michael Lee  |  April 15, 2009; 9:51 AM ET
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Who cares. He wasn't on the WIZARDS team.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 15, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Although I voted for Rose, I think when it's all said and done that Westbrook might be the best of the class.

JaVale Mcgee will have the best career of em' all. (potentially)

Posted by: zxhoya | April 15, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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