Chicago Bulls

This Date in NBA History (May 3): Derrick Rose becomes youngest player ever to win MVP in 2011 & more

On May 3rd in 2011, Derrick Rose was named league MVP for the 2010-11 season.

In just his third season, Rose, at 22 years and 191 days on the final day of the regular season, became the youngest player to win MVP in NBA history. The previous record of 23 years and 9 days was held by Wes Unseld when he was named league MVP in 1969.

He was just the second player in franchise history to win MVP and the first since Jordan won his fifth in 1998.

"Back in training camp when I said I wanted to be MVP, I wasn't trying to be cocky at all," Rose said. "I knew that I put a lot of hard work in over the summer in the offseason, and I just wanted to push myself."

Playing 81 games, Rose averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.1 rebounds, leading the Bulls to a league-best record of 62-20. It was the first time the Bulls had the best record in the league since 1998.

He became the seventh player ever to average 25 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in single season and became the fifth player in NBA history to post 2,000 points, 600 assists, and 300 rebounds in a single season.

Other notable events on May 3rd

  • In 1968, the St. Louis Hawks moved to Atlanta under the guidance of new owners Tom Cousins and former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders.
  • In 1974, the expansion franchise of New Orleans Jazz acquired "Pistol" Pete Maravich from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for first-round draft picks in 1974 and 1975, second-round picks in 1975 and 1976, and the Jazz' second and third selections in the expansion draft.
  • In 1987, Julius Erving, for the Philadelphia 76ers, played the final game of his 16-year professional career as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the 76ers in the deciding Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series.
  • In 1994, the Golden State Warriors' Chris Webber was named Rookie of the Year and became the first rookie in NBA history to total over 1,000 points (1,333), 500 rebounds (694), 250 assists (272), 150 blocks (164) and 75 steals (93).

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