May 21, 2008
Now that the NBA draft lottery has concluded, people know where they stand. Right on top are the Chicago Bulls, followed by the Miami Heat.
The question is: will the Bulls pick Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley at that top slot? The draft gets very interesting after the first two choices. There is separation, baby, and while there will be quality players available obviously, none possess the star power of Rose and Beasley.
Which way should Chicago go? I think it is a no-brainer. By the time it is all said and done the Bulls will have kept us hanging. You will hear about scrutiny and evaluation when John Paxson and his people are coming to a decision. The bottom line is point guards are not easy to come by. You don't find guys that possess the ability and skills of a Rose every day.
How rare are good point guards? Just ask Atlanta if they wouldn't prefer to have Deron Williams or Chris Paul right now? I said it on draft night and I still feel the selection of Marvin Williams was a mistake given the presence of Deron Williams and Paul on the board. Look what Paul did to rejuvenate the Hornets. That also shows the potential of Rose.
Yes, Michael Beasley is certainly a talent, one who will make an impact in the NBA early on. He is a baseline beauty who will put points on the board from day one wherever he goes. Rose is a rarity and, while it doesn't make that big a difference, it certainly doesn't hurt that he is from the Windy City, baby!
The Memphis superstar, one and done, is a natural pick for Chicago.
Then when you look down the line after Rose and Beasley, you will hear about a number of talented athletes. The names of Eric Gordon, O.J. Mayo, Brook Lopez, Anthony Randolph, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and DeAndre Jordan should be called early in round one on draft night next month.
My friends, right now there are just two instant superstars at the head of the class. I think it will be Rose at numero uno to the Bulls, followed by Beasley joining the Heat.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.