The NBA MVP vote totals seemed about as anticipated.
First-place votes for Nikola Jokic, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and . . . wait, Derrick Rose?
NBA MVP first-place votes this season (what stands out right here?):
🏀Nikola Jokic 91
🏀Stephen Curry 5
🏀Chris Paul 2
🏀Joel Embiid 1
🏀Giannis Antetokounmpo 1
🏀Derrick Rose 1
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2021
Sure, Rose has received the MVP award earlier than. In reality, he was the youngest participant to win it when he claimed the award at age 22 after the 2010-11 common season. However for the reason that finish of the 2017 season, he has began solely 38 complete video games, serving as a backup level guard for the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Pistons and Knicks.
So, how did he get a vote for MVP?
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In response to Tim Reynolds of The Related Press, Rose’s lone first-place vote didn’t come from anybody within the media. Of the 100 media votes, Jokic acquired 91, Curry acquired 5, Paul had two and Embiid and Antetokounmpo every picked up one.
As a substitute, Rose’s vote got here from the consensus fan vote, which has been part of the MVP voting course of since 2010.
Jokic wins, Embiid 2nd, Curry third.
Derrick Rose bought an MVP first-place vote. League supply tells AP it was not from media; it was the consensus fan vote.
And LeBron James’ streak continues: 18 years with at the least one MVP vote.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 8, 2021
Rose’s 2020-21 season started with the Pistons, however he was traded to the Knicks in February. With New York, he began three regular-season video games and three of the workforce’s 5 playoff video games. He averaged 14.9 factors within the common season, however he elevated his manufacturing within the postseason, averaging 19.4 factors, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per sport.
Rose actually put collectively a strong stretch in his eleventh season. However a first-place vote for MVP? That could be a little bit a lot.