Originally Posted by AlternateDemise
LeBron, Kobe, Durant, Wade, and Howard. In fact you could argue that Rose wasn't even the best PG in the league that year. He won the MVP award because Chicago had the best record in the East and he basically played the Allen Iverson role, where he was the number one option on a mostly defense oriented team. His contributions were noteworthy, but by no means was he a top five player because of it.
Rather unfair, imo. You're correct in that it was a defence orientated team, which is what helps his case imo, as he was the only one scoring and setting up plays for that team.
That team could only go as far as Rose could and when Miami shut him down from game 2 onwards, there was no where for the Bulls to go. Fast forward a year on and he drags them to best record in the league and looking comfortable in the game vs Philly. He then goes down late in the 4th and is done for a year. All of a sudden Bulls go from a team who will give Miami a proper fight in the ECF (would still most likely lose), to a team that doesn't even look like they belong in the top 8 seeds.
That year LeBron and Wade had each other (and Bosh). Durant had Westbrook and Harden. Kobe had Pau. Rose was pretty much doing it all alone.
I seriously think you're playing down Rose's talents and performances in that year (+ the following). He was on his way to something special, imo.