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Derrick Rose

Introducing your Rookie of the Year, Derrick Rose. The Chicago Bulls have a 2pm press conference where they are expected to announce their quickly-becoming-an-All-World point guard will receive the Rookie of the Year award, the first of many accolades Rose is bound to receive. Rose led all rookies in assists (6.3) and minutes played (37.0). He was second in rookie scoring to O.J. Mayo. Rose averaged 16.8, while Mayo averaged almost 19.

There’s little question Rose’s Game 1 performance against the Boston Celtics last Saturday left an undeniable impression on the voters — how can a 36 point, 11 assist outing not? The question is, can Rose bounce back from a less-than-stellar Game 2 performance on Thursday? Considering he’ll have some new hardware on his mantle, and the Bulls will be playing at home, chances are Rose is going to come out with something more to prove.

Add that potential motivation to the way Rajon Rondo has been playing, and we have ourselves the makings of another great throwdown between these two young, dynamic point guards. Thanks to NBA’s YouTube profile, we have the top 10 Derrick Rose moments in 2009.

After that, I’m quite satisfied the award was given to the right player.