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Rose, Bulls should take home multiple honors

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Rose, Bulls should take home multiple honors

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Posted: 9:11 a.m.

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

With Wednesday night's NBA regular-season finales over, here are my picks for league honors.

(Disclaimer: I actually have an official say in two awards this season)

Most Valuable Player: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (runner-up: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic)

All-NBA first team: Rose (point guard); Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (shooting guard); Howard (center; LeBron James, Miami Heat (small forward); Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (power forward)

Second team: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (small forward); Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks (power forward); Pau Gasol, Lakers (center); Dwyane Wade, Heat (shooting guard); Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (point guard)

Third team: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers (power forward); Carmelo Anthony, Knicks (small forward); Tyson Chandler, Mavericks (center); Russell Westbrook, Thunder (point guard); Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs (shooting guard)

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Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

All-rookie first team: Griffin; John Wall, Washington Wizards; DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings; Gary Neal, Spurs; Landry Fields, Knicks

Second team: Jordan Crawford, Wizards; Omer Asik, Bulls; Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons; Wesley Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves; Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors

Defensive Player of the Year: Howard

All-defensive first team: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee Bucks; Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns; Howard; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers; Westbrook

Second team: Luol Deng, Bulls; Ibaka; Chandler; Kyle Lowry, Houston Rockets; Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets

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Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom, Lakers (runner-up: Thaddeus Young, 76ers)

Most Improved Player: Rose (runner-up: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves)

Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau, Bulls (runner-up: Doug Collins, 76ers)

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Do Bulls have a realistic chance of landing Paul George?

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Do Bulls have a realistic chance of landing Paul George?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson discuss the chances of the Bulls signing Paul George in free agency this summer.

Plus, would Jimmy Butler really want to finish his career in Chicago? Also, a look around the NBA playoffs including the surprise performance of Derrick Rose, and you don’t want to miss the offer that Kendall makes Vincent Goodwill – it may be too tough for Vinnie to pass up.

Listen to the full Bulls Talk Podcast right here:

NBA Playoffs' youth movement makes clock on long rebuilds tick quicker than ever

NBA Playoffs' youth movement makes clock on long rebuilds tick quicker than ever

New blood has injected life into the opening week of the NBA Playoffs as youthful newcomers have found the bright lights just to their fitting.

For those on the outside looking in, half-decade rebuilding plans appear tougher to sell to fan bases and ownership groups watching players on rookie scale deals outperform their contracts.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown weren’t expected to lead the Boston Celtics this season, but they’ve been thrust into leading roles after Gordon Hayward’s season-ending injury on Opening Night and Kyrie Irving’s knee troubles shut him down weeks before the postseason.

But they’ve shown there’s no need to be treated with kid gloves, that redshirting is for the minor leagues. Tatum hasn’t gotten the extra publicity of Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, but he’s not to be forgotten about in the playoff equation.

Brown had the benefit of being a rookie for the Celtics last season, and was more bystander than active participant.

But he’s still 21 years old, months younger than Mitchell and Simmons.

The two frontrunners for Rookie of the Year are certainly franchise players, and although they have major help on their respective rosters by way of veterans or fellow phenoms, one could argue the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers would have made the playoffs regardless.

The playoffs used to be a place reserved for the veterans, a higher plane of air that young lungs weren’t yet prepared for.

But Simmons is posting numbers that have statisticians scrambling for box scores from the tape-delay era for reference, while Mitchell is showing the teams who passed him up they should check their scouting and decision making.

And even though we could be in store for more of the same in the Finals if LeBron James’ Cavs meet Stephen Curry’s Warriors in June, the road to get there will be filled with so many new faces sure to be more than potholes in the years to come.

Recent NBA history can’t be written without the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder having significant ink. But each is on the verge of going fishing, trailing 3-1 after four games.

Instead, the 76ers are now darlings, the Celtics are chugging along without main cogs and the Jazz aren’t far away from catching the attention of casual fans to become must-see TV.

There’s a shift going on in the NBA, with slow-moving franchises hoping for a traditional clock on a rebuild taking the risk of being passed by those more determined, more opportunistic and unbothered by job security in the pursuit of winning now.

If you have something close to a unicorn, your house better be in order. Of the rising stars who have a level of establishment in the league’s hierarchy, only Kristaps Porzingis’ New York Knicks and Devin Booker’s Phoenix Suns are sitting on the outside of the playoff party. Porzingis is recovering from an ACL injury suffered midseason, otherwise the Knicks would have likely been in contention for a playoff spot.

The Suns, well, they’re a mess.

And it’s no coincidence both franchises are on the hunt for new coaches.

The talent pool in the NBA is so vast, its players seemingly so prepared for the transition to the professional game that the clock on franchises to wait on its players ticks louder than it ever has.

Factoring in booming salaries with young players poised to cash in on restricted free agency, franchises need answers on its young players—and they need them in the form of impact, in the form of wins.

Short of the Philadelphia 76ers’ sham and scam of the league’s rules by tanking for half a decade, it’s tough to envision a team duplicating the strategy with lottery reform on the horizon.

If done right, turnarounds can happen quicker than saving yourself a seat at the draft lottery four or five years in a row.

A correct mix of scouting, coach selection and veteran influence can put teams back in the playoff hunt quicker than before—as opposed to having similarly talented players making big money without having proven much.

For some fan bases, it represents hope.

For some front offices, you wonder if a shudder of fear is seeping into their buildings, knowing their clock is ticking.