The Chicago Bulls last season went into the second round of the playoffs and they were believed to be back this playoff season. But after losing a dismal 49 games everything went downhill with the Bulls. Scott Skiles got fired and Jim Boylan followed and with the trades of their veteran centers Ben Wallace and Joe Smith in exchange for Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes the Bulls still pummeled into the standings and never attempted to move up.
The Bulls tried to lure Coach Mike D’Antoni but before they’ve presented their contract coach Mike already signed with the Knicks. But just when they thought a streak of bad luck is haunting them they find themselves a silver lining as they went no.1 in the lottery draft. Now they are caught in a dilemma. They still have to find a coach and they still have to pick their no.1 draft.
The Bulls don’t have to scroll the long list of draftees since their choices are only narrowed down to two. The Kansas State forward Michael Beasley and the Chicago native who lead Memphis to the national championship Derrick Rose.
Michael Beasley – a 6’9” Power Forward who average 26.5 ppg and 12.5 rebounds broke Carmelo Anthony’s double-double record in his freshman year. He shoots well and could very well provide the ceiling and the instant offense needed to fill the vacuum in Chicago. He is much like Dwight Howard with a shooting touch. Michael could play both forward positions and could create mismatches in Chicago. Chicago needs a young talent who could provide them versatility inside and out. And with Luol Deng and Ben Gordon turning down contract extensions Michael could very well provide the scoring left by the two superstars. The downside would be is Chicago has already have six 6’9” and above players in their roster making Michael the seventh and has to fight his minutes with Deng, Gooden, Noah, Nocioni and Tyrus Thomas.
Derrick Rose – has the potential to be like Chris Paul and Jason Kidd, a high leaping pure point guard who could score, pass and dunk the ball well. Derrick is a native of Chicago who led his highschool team to two straight State Championships. He led Memphis to the national finals in 2008. Derrick could be a good help to Chicago sliding Kirk Henrich into the no.2 position. Derrick is a quality pick and for me stands out among all the draftees including Beasley and Eric Gordon in the 2009 NBA draft. He has the potential to be a leader and much like Chris Paul he makes people around him feels good. Chicago needs a guy like Rose after all everything starts with the point guard. Inexperienced and high expectations would be his downside Derrick still has a lot to prove to himself and carrying a team on the back maybe quite heavy for the 19 year old rookie. I mean being compared to top point guards in the league is already an added pressure.
Chicago still has to find a quality coach for them and having to choose two top rookies isn’t that much draining. At least they are putting a step higher from the hole they dug into.