I was asked to host the final round of the 2008-09 Blogger MVP/Rookie Rankings organized by BrewHoop. Voters from across the blogosphere voted on this awards the days immediately following the end of the regular season. It has taken me the week since to gather the results, because ... well, you know.
On Tuesday, we'll unveil the MVP final standings. But now ... the Rookies of the Year.
Voters were asked to rank their top 5 rookies. A first-place vote earned five points, second place four points and so on.
Falling outside the Top 10 but receiving votes were: D.J. Augustin (2), Jason Thompson (2 -- not me I swear!) and Kyle Weaver (1).
#10 -- Marreese Speights (3)
#9 -- Marc Gasol (6)
#8 -- Rudy Fernandez (6, with one 3rd place vote as the tiebreaker)
#7 -- Michael Beasley (18)
#6 -- Eric Gordon (25)
#5 -- Kevin Love (51)
#4 -- Russell Westbrook (73)
#3 -- O.J. Mayo (95)
#2 -- Brook Lopez (106)
And finally ... I know the suspense is backbreaking ...
#1 -- Derrick Rose (182)
Rose wasn't quite a unanimous selection among bloggers: Lopez earned three first-place votes, and Love, Westbrook and Mayo each registered one as well.
Mayo won second in the official NBA balloting, and third here. Love also moved up a spot, which will surely ease the sting of his sixth-place finish in official balloting.
I'm personally surprised Courtney Lee, Anthony Randolph and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute didn't make a single ballot. I'd say, "Better luck next year," but ... well ...
Congratulations to Rose. Your invisible trophy is in the mail.