The Chicago Bulls defied the odds and won the NBA draft lottery yesterday. They now feature the first pick in the draft which will take place…well…I don’t know when. Sometime relatively soon, I assume. Anyway, I will go ahead and admit that I am an NBA novice. In addition, I really could not possibly care less about NCAA basketball. Too many Goddamned players in college and most of them are bad, so I don’t watch. That shit all happens during hockey season anyway.
The overwhelming belief at this point is that the Bulls will have to decide between two players. Derrick Rose from Memphis and Michael Beasley from Kansas State. Beasley is a forward and Rose a guard. Both project out to be very good NBA players, but, unfortunately, the Bulls can only take one of them. The Bulls are currently without a head coach, without defined roles for their current crop of players – most of whom are bad, and, most importantly, without any sense of direction or purpose. This Bulls team is mired neck deep in shit and either Beasley or Rose is going to be expected to pull the franchise out of the doldrums of NBA mediocrity and hang a banner.
So which one?
Bulls GM John Paxson said that the positions the players play is not a factor and that the Bulls are evaluating talent alone. I really don’t have a problem with that statement, considering the team is currently bad at every position, so either player will be an dramatic improvement.
In my opinion, and it is a completely uneducated and uninformed one, Derrick Rose is probably the way to go. I like Beasley’s size and explosiveness a lot, but when I think about it…position does matter. If you take the 3 Bulls who compose the point guard rotation (Hinrich, Gordon and Duhon) and you combined all of them, that hybrid point guard would still be smaller, slower, dumber, less athletic, worse defensively and more foul prone than Derrick Rose. Derrick Rose – at very worst – would bring some definition and semblance of order to the Bulls back court. You would now have a smart, instinctive and athletic point guard. Hinrich can sit his ass on the bench while Rose dishes and dunks and when he needs to be spelled, Captain Kirk can come in and get his 3 fouls in 8 minutes and then sit down again. It sends Ben Gordon into the only role he belongs in on an NBA team – shooting guard. Chris Duhon…well…he can just go away.
So the team will have their star player. Their go-to man. The guy around whom they have to build the rest of the team. Time will tell whether or not Beasley or Rose will be the better pro player, but given the current state of the team I think that a bona-fide point guard is the right choice for a team that has a young, big, athletic question mark at forward named Tyrus Thomas. We know they are bad and small and bad at guard…shore up the most important position on the floor and hopefully in 2 or 3 seasons Derrick Rose is the guest of honor at a party in Grant Park.
Michael Beasley highlights:
Derrick Rose highlights: