It's not likely that Beasley becomes an all-time legend, but him becoming one of the best bigs of his time are quite a bit better, given his all-around skill set.
The Bulls need a dominant big if they want to overtake Boston, Cleveland, or Detroit anytime soon. Hinrich won't bring the necessary top of the line big.
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(Obviously excluding the top 2) I am really high on Mayo, Kevin Love, Joe Alexander, Russell Westbrook and Donte Greene being productive NBA players.
I really hope the Bulls take Beasley, and the Wolves take Mayo. I think those are good pairings. Rose with Miami concenrs me - he's talented but will he actually get a chance to run the team with Wade and Marion? Will he get a chance to shoot more than 10 times a game with those two and Ricky Davis?
1.Chicago - F Michael Beasley
2.Miami - PG Derrick Rose
3.Minnesota - G OJ Mayo
4.Seattle - C Brook Lopez
5.Memphis - PF Kevin Love
6.New York - G Jerryd Bayless
7.LA Clippers - SG Eric Gordon
8.Milwaukee - SF Danillo Gallinari
9.Charlotte - SF Joe Alexander
10.New Jersey - SF Anthony Randolph
11.Indiana - PG Russell Westbrook
12.Sacramento - PF Donte Greene
13.Portland - PG DJ Augustine
14.Golden State - C DeAndre Jordan
15.Phoenix -PF Darrell Arthur
16.Philadelphia - C Javale McGee
17.Toronto - C Robin Lopez
18.Washington - PF Maresse Speights
19.Cleveland- PF Nathan Jawai
20.Denver - SF Nicholas Batum
21.New Jersey - C Kosta Koufous
22.Orlando - SG Chris Douglas-Roberts
23.Utah - SG/F Chase Budinger
24.Seattle - C Roy Hibbert
25.Houston - SG Bill Walker
26.San Antonio - PF DJ White
27.New Orleans - SG Brandon Rush
28.Memphis - PF J. J. Hickson
29.Detroit - PF Jason Thompson
30.Boston - PG Mario Chalmers
Personally, I'd take Rose over Beasley. The Hawks took Marvin Williams over Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Now, Beasley's game is way more refined than Marvin's ever was, but if you have a shot at a great point guard in today's game, you take him. And personally, I think Rose can be great.
Mayo on the other hand.... blah
Don't get me wrong - Rose is a great player and will probably have a stellar career. Beasley just fits better in Chicago than Rose IMO. I also don't see Rose becoming Paul/Deron. Chicago has a very nice "problem" though.
I'm not a fan of Kevin Love at all. I don't see him being athletic enough for the NBA especially considering a big part of his game is under the basket. See May, Sean.
Rose fits the bill of a distribution PG when you compare him to Mayo, which is why Rose will be taken over him. He has a better chance of co-existing and setting up DWade than if the Heat opted for OJ. JMO, but I think Miami is preparing for life without Wade when the Knicks come calling in 2009.
I see Miami trading down a few spots, hoping to get Mayo and grab another body for the right to draft Beasley.
Chicago desperately needs an offensive plan. They've just been a disorganized mess, particularly due to the lack of a leader at point. With Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah down low, I think Rose is a shoe-in for them. Heinrich could be dealt as early as draft night.
I don't think there's any chance Koufous. He's 7'1" and has a nice skill set for a 19 year old. I simply don't see Brook Lopez that much better. I was Cleveland and he fell to me, I'd try and trade Big Z and change for Jermaine O'Neil, draft Koufous, and go from there.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 05-24-2008 at 10:02 PM.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
In my mind Beasley is by far the best player in the draft. He is the best player in the draft since LeBron. He is the only big man in the draft with can't-miss superstar written all over him.
There are plenty of guards to choose from this year. Mayo will be the best in year 1, but Rose and others will eventually pass him. I think Mayo's game is a little bit maxed out. He has already reached most of his potential. He is a couple years older than the other freshmen coming out this year. I hope we really does great though. I sure enjoyed watching him and Bill Walker in high school at North College Hill.
Beasley >>>>>>>> Marvin Wililams, etc.
There was sooooo much love for Durant last year, why no love for a guy who is better (IMO)?
Sure. I think everyone wants a floor general over a wing/post and a big over everyone.
However, when the wing/post is the better player (not even close IMO) you run with it. You are drafting players not positions.
The Durant reference was about people who wanted him over Oden last season. Plus, Oden>Rose and Beasley>Durant.
I think Beasley will be an all-pro in the league for a long time, but if I was starting a team and had to pick one of them, I think I'd pick Rose. I like his chances of being a great point guard, and Chris Paul and Deron Williams are glowing examples of what great point guards can do to a franchise.
Rose is a dynamo and will lead the Bulls back to the Finals. They would be fools not to take Rose.
I started my mock draft 4 days ago and i've only got ~10 picks done, i'm hoping to work on it a lot today and i'll post it here later.
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