4 May 2011

Rose wins NBA MVP award

1:41 pm on 4 May 2011

The Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has become the youngest player to receive the coveted NBA basketball Most Valuable Player award.

22-year-old Rose joins legendary Michael Jordan as the only Chicago Bulls players to earn MVP status and it ends LeBron James two-year MVP reign.

Point guard Rose, who guided the Bulls to the best regular-season record in the league, received 113 first-place votes from a panel of media voters.

Orlando's Dwight Howard finished second, Miami's LeBron James was third, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant was fourth and Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant finished fifth.

Jordan was named league MVP five times, the last time in 1998. Now the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, Jordan said during the season that Rose deserved the award.

The top pick in the 2008 draft and rookie of the year, Rose started the All-Star Game for the first time this year after making the team as a reserve last season.

He averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds.