Bulls' postseason awards

April, 30, 2010
4/30/10
8:32
PM CT

Nick Friedell hands the Bulls some postseason awards:

Most Valuable Player: Derrick Rose

Is there even a question as to who this is? The 21-year-old point guard became an All-Star for the first time and continued to improve on a stellar rookie campaign, averaging 21 points, four rebounds and six assists. There's little doubt he'll get better considering he probably works harder on his game than any other player on the team.

Most Improved Player: Joakim Noah

Had it not been for a bad case of plantar fasciitis that put him out of the lineup for almost two months, Noah would have been the NBA's most improved player. He re-dedicated himself last summer and added a lot of muscle in the gym. Like Rose, he spent countless hours working on his game and has developed into a double-double threat every night. If he stays focused on improving this summer, he will become an All-Star next season.

Most surprising player: Taj Gibson

Not a whole lot was expected this season from the late first-round pick, but he quickly became of favorite of Vinny Del Negro's because of his work ethic and defensive skills. If Gibson stays in the starting lineup next year he'll average a double-double.

Most disappointing player: James Johnson

It's always tough to put a rookie in this category but Johnson fits the bill. He was supposed to become a solid role player for the Bulls and was given the chance to contribute early in the season. But his defense wasn't solid and he struggled to pick up the intricacies of the NBA game. He was also out of shape early in the season and admitted to dropping over 20 pounds over the last few months. He has the talent to become a solid pro but he has to make sure he focuses on improving this summer.

Best individual performance: Derrick Rose drops 39 on Celtics.

For the final few weeks of the season, it seemed as if every game was a "must-win" affair for the Bulls. That was certainly the case on April 13 when the Bulls faced the Celtics. Clinging to a one-game lead over the Raptors for the final playoff spot in the East, and dealing with all the rumors of an altercation between Vinny Del Negro and Bulls vice president John Paxson, Rose stepped up his game and delivered in the clutch -- scoring 39 points as the Bulls knocked off the Celtics.

Best team performance: Bulls five-game winning streak during west coast swing

Not even the Jordan Bulls could accomplish what Vinny Del Negro's bunch did this season. The 2009-2010 Bulls became the first team in history to knock off five above .500 Western Conference teams in a row. The ironic thing is that the Bulls could have won all seven games on the late-January trip but they lost to a Golden State team which was playing several D-Leaguers and a Clippers team that was ... well, the Clippers. Still, the fact that the Bulls actually beat the Suns, Rockets, Spurs, Thunder and Hornets in succession -- on the road -- is pretty impressive.

Best moment: Derrick Rose's dunk on Phoenix’s Goran Dragic

"STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!" Stacey King couldn't believe what he had seen, and neither could all the people at the Bulls/Suns game in Phoenix on January 22. Rose set his late push for an All-Star berth in motion with this facial on Dragic, leaving a national television audience in awe.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 3.4 1.5 40.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 11.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.5
BlocksP. Gasol 2.0