At the halfway point of ESPN’s NBA Summer Forecast series, ESPN’s panel of expert analysts, beat reports, and writers predicted Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls finishing third in the Most Valuable Player race for the 2014-15 season. One could say it’s suspect to list Rose at the number three spot considering he’s played 49 games in the last three seasons, or one could say that ESPN’s crystal ball is a fortuitous one for the Chicago Bulls.
Rose returning to even an All-NBA level would be fairly unprecedented; there isn’t a long list of player’s who are coming off two consecutive substantial knee injuries and regain their form. But, Rose is still only 25. Much of his youth, and the entirety of his prime, still ahead of him.
Also, to put into perspective how much stock should be taken from ESPN’s forecast: Miami’s Chris Bosh received a vote for MVP. LeBron James finished first, reigning league MVP Kevin Durant second, Rose third, Chris Paul was fourth, and Paul’s teammate Blake Griffin rounded out the top five.
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