The ultimate hometown hero story!
Eight years ago to this day, Derrick Rose lifted the NBA's Most Valuable Player trophy after leading the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference's #1 seed, with a 62-20 record.
At age 22, Rose became the youngest player in NBA history to win the MVP trophy and just the second Bull to claim the award, joining five-time winner Michael Jordan.
Playing in 81 games, Rose averaged 25.0 points, 7.7 assists, pushing the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they went down to the LeBron James-led 'Big 3' Miami Heat.
Rose became just the seventh player in NBA history to average 25 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in a single season and just the fifth player in NBA history to record 2,000 points, 600 assists and 300 rebounds in a single season.
Rose received 113 of 121 first-place votes to finish with 1,182 points, ahead of the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard who placed second with 643 points. LeBron James, who had won the previous two MVP awards came in third, with the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant rounding out the top five.
Rose was drafted #1 overall in 2008, immediately leading the Bulls back to the playoffs in his first season. After two first-round exits, Rose guided the Bulls to a deep playoff run in just his third season in the league, taking the NBA by storm with his highlight-filled performances every night.
Rose played the 2018/19 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 18 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game off the bench, earning serious Sixth Man of the Year consideration.