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Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 12:35 pm
 
Kevin Durant is okay with not being on the MVP list. Well, not that okay. But he does think it belongs to Derrick Rose

Posted by Matt Moore

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Stan Van Gundy, countless columnists, fans, and I'm pretty sure a few members of various royal families. These are all people who have pledged their support for Derrick Rose for MVP. 

Throw Kevin Durant on that list. 

In an interview with HoopsHype, Durant laid out pretty clearly that he's okay with being overlooked for MVP despite being the favorite to win his second consecutive scoring title, and gave his support to the kid from Chicago:
"As of right now, I congratulate Derrick Rose for winning MVP… Yeah, of course (Rose should be the MVP). He’s having a phenomenal season. They’re No. 1 in the East now, especially with all the firepower that went to the East… (Rose), Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, those three guys should be MVP candidates.’’
via HoopsHype.com NBA Blogs - Chris Tomasson » Durant’s under-the-radar season.

If you want to read some subtext, hit the find hotkey on your browser and do a search for "Dwight Howard." This will be the first mention of his name. Howard hasn't received much of an endorsement at all. He's not even mentioned by Durant. Durant does mention Kobe Bryant several times, showing his respect for him.

Durant probably should be on the list. But if we're looking for marks, his field goal, free throw, and 3-point shooting percentages are all down. He's taken a slightly lower role in the offense (while still having one of the top usage rates in the league), and his rebounds are down as well. Last season's results shouldn't bear out in the current MVP race, but they're going to. 

Consider Durant's endorsement yet another sign that the MVP race, no matter how much debate should be held, is over.   

Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:20 am
 

Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

PS: They haven't got anywhere in the playoffs yet (as they haven't started) They could still be first round leavers, whatever the h3ll that means.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:18 am
 

Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

 It's a legitimate question $ H I T for brains... Do you log on and go straight to my profile to see what I've posted so you can reply? Is your social life really lacking that bad Warner? Go out and meet a girl and start a relationship, maybe make some friends. Does being an internet tough guy ever get boring? Pretty easy to hide behind a keyboard you little mommas boy.


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Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:55 am
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

 To play the devils advocate here, what constitutes an MVP these days? Rose is not among the leaders in any statistical category... 

This is LilRichy's big analysis.  Hey tool last time I checked they didn't play basketball on a calculator.  By the way, as long as you keep your little threads to one line I don't have to spend too much time making you look like an idiot.  Owned again!




Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

While I respect the opinions of these players that are endorsing Derrick for the MVP award this year, only the votes of those people that get that responsibility really matters. What are they saying right now... if anything?



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

Rose is the only player in the top 10 in both scoring and assists.  He has sown the Kobe-like ability to take over games in the fourth quarter, and is the glue that has held the East-best Bulls together despite injuries to Boozer and Noah.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

 To play the devils advocate here, what constitutes an MVP these days? Rose is not among the leaders in any statistical category... 



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

Its no contest, Derrick Rose will win the MVP this season. But KD shouldn't be that upset because he is about to win his second striaght scoring title and he is only 22 years old. He will win the MVP one day, but right now I think he'll be fine with scoring titles.



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Kevin Durant: "Of course" Derrick Rose is MVP.

That's correct. Now lets me make some noise when it mattes most.



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