Derrick Rose first-place MVP vote for Knicks didn’t come from the media
The NBA MVP voting provided an unexpected plot twist. Former Chicago Bulls standout and current New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose was a finalist for this season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, and rightly so. After being traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Knicks midway through the 2020-21 regular season, Rose performed incredibly well off the bench for New York en route to helping lead the team back to the postseason after an eight-year drought.
However, not even Rose, who previously became the youngest NBA MVP ever during his time with the aforementioned Bulls, could have imagined what occurred on Tuesday evening.
Although Denver Nuggets All-Star center Nikola Jokic was named the 2020-21 NBA MVP on Tuesday evening, it was also revealed that Rose somehow received a first-place MVP vote of his own.
In some less surprising news, though, such an MVP vote stemmed from a consensus fan vote and not the media.
Jokic wins, Embiid 2nd, Curry 3rd.
Derrick Rose got an MVP first-place vote. League source tells AP it was not from media; it was the consensus fan vote.
And LeBron James' streak continues: 18 years with at least one MVP vote.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 8, 2021
Rose was one of six players to receive a first-place NBA MVP vote alongside Jokic, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul. Embiid and Paul are the only two players on that list to never win the award as the remaining four have all captured such an honor.
The full MVP voting results for the 2020-21 campaign are as follows:
MVP voting results pic.twitter.com/UdKMxQjtiN
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) June 8, 2021
Rose, in balloting separate from the MVP race, finished third in the Sixth Man of the Year voting while Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau was recently named the league’s Coach of the Year. New York power forward Julius Randle had previously been tabbed as the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2020-21.