ESPN’s Ric Bucher and Chris Broussard recently had a debate over who’s the early season MVP. Bucher picked Derrick Rose and Broussard chose Amar’e Stoudemire.
There’s plenty of back and forth, but here’s Bucher’s closing (and reasonably convincing) argument:
“The Bulls, without their second-best player for most of the season and their third-best player for the past two weeks, have played the fourth-toughest schedule in the East and have the third-most wins. Only Boston has done better. New York? Easiest schedule in the East, sixth-best record. Rose has done more with less against a tougher slate than anyone — and, that, to me, defines an MVP.”
By and large, MVP discussions in December are pretty meaningless. But Bucher’s observation sure brings what Rose has done this season into focus.