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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Show Me the Money

College basketball is over and the NBA playoffs are just about to get underway. That can only mean one thing....the NBA Draft. Seriously though, there is a debate as to who is going to be the number one overall pick. At this point it seems to be between two players; Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Derrick Rose of Memphis. Here is how I would do it if I was an NBA GM.

David Stern: "With the Number One overall selection in the 2008 NBA draft, the Seattle Supersonics select Derrick Rose, point guard, Memphis."

Now given, the Supersonics won't have the best chance of getting the #1 pick, but how often does the team with the most balls (ping pong, c'mon now) actually win the lottery? Can you imagine a nucleus of Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Derrick Rose? That is a team that has a whole lot of potential.

In terms of justifying my pick of Rose over Beasley it's simple. Talented swing men are all over the place. On the other hand, talented point guards are tough to find. Also, you have to take into consideration the way the NBA is turning. The point guard is becoming the most important position in the sport. Just look at guys like Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Steve Nash. Each guy is the leader of his team, and each guy has a team that could potentially win the championship this year.

You can make the case that Beasley will put up the bigger numbers, and that Beasley is slightly more NBA ready in his physique. As far as I'm concerned though point guards are the future of the league, and Derrick Rose has all the tools to be one of the best.

~Aaron Jackson

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