As the countdown to the NBA draft has begun, the Chicago Bulls are stuck between two studs coming into the NBA.  Derrick Rose, a Memphis point guard, and Michael Beasley, a Kansas State combo forward.  It’s a really difficult choice for many reasons.  Everyone knows that the NBA has become a guard dominated league, and the best teams in the NBA, aka the teams still in the playoffs all have solid to great point guards.  The Celtics are excluded because they have three legit superstars on their team, though I will put in a bid for Rajon Rondo as I think him and the Cavs, Daniel Gibson do have potential to be excellent pg’s.  The Spurs have Tony Parker, who has proven himself time and time again to be a great play-maker and and a solid defender.  The Lakers have Derek Fisher, who is responsible for the triangle offense of the Lakers back when they had Kobe and Shaq.  He is a proven winner and has multiple rings to show for it.  Chauncey Billups is a former finals MVP, he was the main reason the Pistons won the title back in ’04 and I think without him, Detroit is not nearly as good.  Now let’s talk about the Chicago Bulls.  The Bulls have an oppertunity to take a great pg in Derrick Rose, but the problem is that they are flooded at the guard spot with players like Kirk Hinrich, Chris Duhon, Ben Gordon and Larry Hughes and even Thabo Sefolosha.  That is a flood almost as big as one that a hurricane would cause.  But can the Bulls really pass up Derrick Rose, a premier pg?  This guy reminds me of Chris Paul.  He can turn this team around.  The bulls ended last season with a 33-49 record.  Yuck.  I think Rose would be the perfect solution for this team, but then they must get rid of at least 2 of those guards.  Hinrich and Duhon both have value.  A team (like the Knicks) could use one of them.  Trade them and keep Rose in Chicago.  Afterall he is from there.

Why the Bulls might go with a guy like Michael Beasley is simple.  An all-around player.  This is the kind of guy that if you needed him to be a clutch performer and play center in a big game.  He would do it.  Magic Johnson did it in 1980, his rookie season after Kareem went down.  Magic played center in game 6 of the 1980 NBA finals and was successful.  This guy is a lot like that.  He can shoot, ball-handle, rebound, block and lead a team.   Kansas State over USC in March madness was no fluke.  (Sorry Wagman).  Beasley led that team passed USC, rightfully so.  Some of the Bulls forwards include Andres Nocioni, Luol Deng, Drew Gooden, Tyrus Thomas and they can switch around Joakim Noah as well.  Between Deng and Gooden alone, they can provide a fantastic combination of speed, defense and shooting.  Why waste your pick on a player who in a sense you already have.  Also, even though he’s been a dissapointment thus far, Tyrus Thomas could turn out to be a good player afterall, so if the Bulls did take Beasley, they would be putting Thomas on the back-burner where his athletic ability will be wasted. 

In conclusion, there is no wrong way the Bulls can go, and so far a few of the experts are saying that they are thinking Beasley, but if you want my opinion, to be able to compete in this league with the best, you need a good playmaker and that is why I think that if the Bulls do select Derrick Rose, he will make all of those forwards, including Tyrus Thomas a lot better.  J-Fense Pick:  Derrick Rose

By, Justin “J-Fense” Fensterman

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