2011 NBA Award Winners: Derrick Rose Shocked The World With The MVP Award, Dwight Howard Was The Defensive Player Of The Year

The NBA season is almost over, but there were still some big surprises this year. Derrick Rose won MVP after a breakout return at the end of last season and Dwight Howard was rewarded for his defensive prowess. They weren’t the only ones though with many other players making headlines in 2011 including Kobe Bryant’s 50th career triple-double and Kevin Durant becoming just the third player to average more than 30 points per game in consecutive seasons.

The “when did derrick rose win mvp” is a question that has been asked numerous times. Derrick Rose was the MVP of the NBA in 2010 and 2011, but he didn’t win it in 2009.

Derrick Rose took the NBA by storm in 2011, leading the Chicago Bulls to the league’s best record of 62-20. Rose won the MVP Award, but in the Eastern Conference Finals, he was defeated by LeBron James and the Heat. In the NBA’s last round, Miami faced Dallas as heavy favorites, but fell to the Mavericks, with Dirk Nowitzki winning his first and only Finals MVP award.

Dwight Howard took over the league with his defensive brilliance during the 2010-11 season, winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award. After shattering his kneecap in the last preseason game, Blake Griffin missed his debut season in the league. After his recovery, he was rewarded with the Rookie of the Year Award. Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau also received his own trophy.

The award winners for the 2010-11 season are listed below.

Derrick Rose was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

Dwight Howard came in second, while LeBron James came in third.

It wasn’t a tight contest at all. Derrick Rose went to the lab during the summer and leveled up from a top-25 player to the MVP after averaging 20.8 PPG, 6.0 APG, 3.8 RPG, and 6.0 WS during the 2009-10 season while making his first All-Star squad. Rose led the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the league with a 62-20 record in 2011-12, averaging 25.0 points per game, 7.7 assists per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 1.0 steals per game, 0.6 blocks per game, and 13.1 rebounds per game while using his incredible athleticism and herky-jerky style to wreak havoc on opposing teams in the lane.

Dwight Howard was the runner-up for MVP in the 2010-11 season. Superman won three first-place votes after leading the Orlando Magic to a 52-30 regular-season record, averaging 22.9 points per game, 14.1 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, and 14.4 rebounds per game. In the MVP vote, LeBron James came in third place. His Miami Heat finished with a 58-24 record, and he averaged 26.7 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 7.0 assists per game, 1.6 steals per game, 0.6 blocks per game, and 15.6 rebounds per game.

Dwight Howard is the Defensive Player of the Year.


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Kevin Garnett came in second, while Tyson Chandler came in third.

Dwight Howard was named Defensive Player of the Year for the 2010-11 season after terrorizing opposition offenses with his exploits on the other end. Howard was the defensive core for the Magic’s third-ranked defense, finishing second in blocks (2.4 per game) in rebounding (14.1 per game). Howard’s best defender résumé was rounded out by the fact that he topped the league in defensive win shares with 7.7 for the season.

Kevin Garnett was voted Defensive Player of the Year in second place, with just one first-place vote (Howard had 114 first place votes). During the 2010-11 season, Garnett helped his Boston Celtics tie for first in defensive rating by playing his trademark style of tough inside-out defense. Tyson Chandler ended the season in third place, providing strong rim protection for the Dallas Mavericks throughout the season.

Blake Griffin is the Rookie of the Year.

John Wall came in second, while DeMarcus Cousins came in third.

The Rookie of the Year winner and the top three finishers in the Rookie of the Year race would all be NBA All-Stars. In 2010-11, Blake Griffin shone the brightest, receiving all 118 first-place votes. In his debut season in the league, he averaged 22.5 points per game, 12.1 rebounds per game, 3.8 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, and 0.5 blocks per game for the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin’s nightly poster jams in the lane captivated over Sports Center, and he offered LA’s other team a ray of optimism in what had been a mostly depressing 32-50 season.

John Wall finished his debut season as the league’s second-best player. With his quick burst to the basket and superb drive and kick game, he averaged 16.4 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 8.3 assists per game, 1.8 steals per game, and 0.5 blocks per game for the Washington Wizards. DeMarcus Cousins finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in the 2010-11 season. During his debut season with the Sacramento Kings, he averaged 14.1 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 1.0 steals per game, and 0.8 blocks per game, demonstrating that he had a complete set of post moves as well as a reliable mid-range shot.

Lamar Odom is the sixth man of the year.


Jason Terry came in second, while Thaddeus Young came in third.

During his earlier years, Lamar Odom was a starter for the Clippers, Heat, and Lakers. Despite this, Odom had his finest overall season with the Purple and Gold at the age of 31, receiving the Sixth Man of the Year Award. In the 2010-11 season, Odom averaged 14.4 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game, 3.0 assists per game, 0.6 steals per game, and 0.7 blocks per game for the Lakers, all while assisting Kobe Bryant with a 38.2 percent field goal percentage.

As the league’s greatest vacuum scorer off the bench, Jason Terry landed in second place for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Terry averaged 15.8 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and 1.9 rebounds per game in 2010-11. Terry’s self-assurance and outside shooting ability were crucial in the Mavs’ championship run.

Thaddeus Young was in third place for the Sixth Man of the Year Award in the 2010-11 season. For the Philadelphia 76ers, he averaged 12.7 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 1.0 assists per game, 1.1 steals per game, and 0.3 blocks per game.

Kevin Love is the Most Improved Player of the Year.


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LaMarcus Aldridge came in second, while Dorell Wright came in third.

During his third season in the league, Kevin Love received the Most Improved Player Award. He improved virtually all of his stats over the course of a year.

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Kevin Love’s 2009-10 stats: 14.0 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game, 0.7 steals per game, 0.4 blocks per game, 33.0 three-point percentage

Kevin Love’s 2010-11 stats: 20.2 points per game, 15.2 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 0.6 points per game, 0.4 points per game, 41.7 three-point percentage

Kevin Love was named to the 2010-11 NBA All-Star squad after becoming into the league’s greatest rebounder and three-point shooter in the big man position.

LaMarcus Aldridge concluded the year as the runner-up for Most Improved Player of the Year, demonstrating significant improvement in his entire game. For the Portland Trail Blazers, he averaged 21.8 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game, 1.0 steals per game, and 1.2 blocks per game this season.

Dorell Wright finished third in the poll for Most Improved Player. During his age 25 season, he averaged 16.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 3.0 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game, and 0.8 blocks per game for the Warriors.

Tom Thibodeau was named Coach of the Year.


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In 2010-11, Tom Thibodeau led the Chicago Bulls to a league-best 62-20 regular season record, earning 76 first-place votes. The Bulls’ 62 victories were a significant improvement from their 41-41 record in 2009-10. Even more amazing, the Bulls were one of just two NBA teams to go undefeated in consecutive games.

Thibodeau showed to be a defensive wizard in his debut season as a head coach. As he paced the sidelines, shouting until he was hoarse, aggressively assisting his players get into their correct settings, he led the Bulls to the greatest defensive rating in the league (the Bulls and Celtics tied for the award with a 100.3 DEFRTG).

Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls enjoyed a lengthy playoff run before being chopped off in the Eastern Conference Finals by the buzzsaw of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Dallas Mavericks are the NBA Champions.

Miami Heat were the runner-up.

The Dallas Mavericks concluded the 2010-11 regular season tied for second place in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers, four games behind the San Antonio Spurs. Going into the NBA’s second season, the Mavs were widely regarded as a good second-round playoff squad.

Then Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks put together one of the greatest playoff runs in history. The Mavericks began their playoff run with a 4-2 series triumph against the Portland Trail Blazers and entered the second round as heavy underdogs versus the Lakers. As the Mavs rained death from beyond the arc on the Purple and Gold, Dirk Nowitzki hit a stunning 72.7 percent from deep and Jason Terry connected on 68.4 percent of his three-point tries for the series. The Lakers were swept by Dallas. They carried that same shooting magic into the Western Conference Finals, when they blitzed the Thunder in five games. The Mavs were full of confidence going into the championships against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Miami Heat. Dallas won the trophy in six games after playing outstanding defense and pestering James into a mini finals breakdown (LBJ averaged 17.8 PPG in six finals games).

Dirk Nowitzki is the MVP of the Finals.

In 2011, Nowitzki became the third player born outside of the United States to earn the Finals MVP award. During the NBA Finals, Dirk averaged 26.0 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists per game, 0.7 steals per game, and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 36.8% from three-point range.

During the finals, Nowitzki often bailed out the Mavericks by dribbling with his back to the hoop, then slowly facing up before unleashing his high-release iconic one-legged fadeaway jumper.

During the finals, Dirk was unbeatable in the mid-range, destroying the Heat time and time again.

All-Star MVP, All-NBA Teams, All-Rookie Teams, and All-Defensive Teams for the 2011 NBA season

Kobe Bryant is the All-Star MVP.

LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant were named to the NBA First Team.

Dirk Nowitzki, Amar’e Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, and Russell Westbrook were named to the NBA Second Team.

Chris Paul, LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili, Zach Randolph, and Al Horford were named to the NBA’s third team.

DeMarcus Cousins, Landry Fields, Blake Griffin, Gary Neal, and John Wall were named to the All-Rookie First Team.

Eric Bledsoe, Derrick Favors, Paul George, Wesley Johnson, and Greg Monroe were named to the All-Rookie Second Team.

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, and Rajon Rondo were named to the All-Defensive First Team.

Tony Allen, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala, Joakim Noah, and Chris Paul were named to the All-Defensive Second Team.


Michael Jordan won his last MVP award in 1998, while Larry Bird was named Coach of the Year.

Shaquille O’Neal Won the 2000 NBA Award NBA Championship, MVP of the Finals, MVP Award, All-Star MVP Award, and Scoring Title

Kevin Garnett was the best player in the league in 2004, and LeBron James began his incredible journey.

Kobe Bryant won his only MVP award in 2008, while Kevin Durant was named Rookie of the Year.

LeBron James is on the verge of winning the NBA’s Triple Crown.

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