Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Who's going No. 1?
Somehow, the Chicago Bulls defied odds and with a 1.7 percent chance won the NBA Draft Lottery last night.
This is an intriguing pick for the Bulls. Is Kansas State forward Michael Beasley finally the interior scoring threat Chicago so desperately needs? Or does point guard Derrick Rose fill the void of a true leader and become the conductor of the offense?
It's paramount to select a player that fits into the coaching scheme as well as embodies the values that the coach emphasizes for certain positions.
The Bulls, however, are still searching for their man after their target, former Phoenix Suns coach Mike D'Antoni, spurned the organization for the New York Knicks job.
Bulls GM John Paxson only said he wants a coach who can motivate and teach the players, leaving no insight into on-court style.
If Rose is the pick, he'll join a crowded backcourt of incumbent point guard Kirk Hinrich, shooting guard Larry Hughes, and backups Chris Duhon and Ben Gordon.
Talks have swirled around possibly trading Hinrich, who overall had a poor 2007-08 season. Gordon is a restricted free agent and the sharpshooter will likely get some offers from other franchises if Chicago doesn't first make a move to re-sign him. Duhon, I believe, will be an unrestricted free agent.
The selection of Beasley will also jam the frontcourt, which features 2006 and 2007 first round power forwards Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah, along with Drew Gooden. Neither youngster is a force on the post - Thomas prefers the wing and Noah is limited offensively. Gooden is soft and terribly inconsistent. Beasley is an interior force, has tremendous shooting range and is a better rebounder than all three.
Thomas or Noah could be on the move depending on the new head coach. Thomas has a sort of mean steak and can run, while Noah brings energy and defensive intensity. If Beasley is to be the pick, who is more valuable - Thomas or Noah - to the new head coach?