Thursday, May 22, 2008

Memo To John Paxson: Take Michael Beasley

In case you were wondering, I'd take Michael Beasley 1st overall.

I'm envisioning a starting lineup for the 08-09 Bulls looking something like this: Kirk Hinrich, Larry Hughes, Luol Deng, Michael Beasley, Joakim Noah. Bench: Chris Duhon, Ben Gordon, Thabo Sefolosha, Andres Nocioni and Tyrus Thomas.

That's a really good ten-man rotation (assuming Noah and Thomas continue to improve). The Bulls would have shooters and scorers and (finally) a beast in the low post. They'd only be middle-of-the-pack athletically, which goes against what the NBA has become, but the Spurs are doing just fine with only two above-average athletes in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli. This is because Tim Duncan is a beast in the low post.

Am I suggesting the Bulls will become a mini-dynasty like the Spurs, or that Beasley will one day be as great as Duncan? No. But, do I think it's possible for the aforementioned nucleus to win a title? I sure does. That is, if Michael Beasley simply (a.) keeps his head on straight, and (b.) doesn't fall in love with shooting threes. That's it. If he can accomplish those two things, sky's the limit. For him and the Bulls.

(Quick prediction, based on Chicago drafting Beasley and keeping the same nucleus: The Bulls win 50 games and Beasley is the runaway Rookie of the Year winner, averaging 22 ppg and 12 rpg)

That's all for now.

More NBA draft coverage in the coming weeks.

-Brad Spieser (