By ANDREW SELIGMAN (AP Sports Writer)
Derrick Rose officially became the NBA’s youngest MVP following an announcement on May 3, and joined Michael Jordan as the only Chicago Bulls player to win the award.
However, he has a ways to go before he catches Jordan, who won five MVPs and led the way to two championship three-peats, but he sure is off to a good start.
In his third year, the dynamic point guard led the Bulls to their best season since the championship era. Rose is the seventh player in league history to average at least 25 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds, along with Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Wade and James, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
The 22-year-old Rose got 1,182 points and 113 first-place votes from a panel of media voters, supplanting Wes Unseld as the youngest to win the award with a runaway win. Ironically, Rose was born in 1988, the same year Unseld was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Orlando’s Dwight Howard (643 points) finished second in the voting, Miami’s LeBron James was third, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant was fourth and Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant finished fifth.