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8. Derrick Rose

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After leading the Bulls to a 62-20 record and the East No. 1 seed in the playoffs, Rose became the youngest player in NBA history to be named MVP. He averaged 25 points and 7.7 assists and was handsomely rewarded with a five-year, $94.8 million contract.