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As his Bulls jersey number reads, Derrick Rose would be my number one pick.
OK, drum roll please.
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls would me my personal choice as this fantasy NBA draft's No. 1 overall pick.
No disrespect to LeBron James, who has proven over the past eight years that he is one of the most incredible players to have ever laced 'em up in the NBA.
So, selecting Rose would be my choice with absolutely no hesitation.
In only three years, Rose has proven his worth as an impact player. Rose is the fifth player in NBA history, along with Oscar Robertson, John Havlicek, Michael Jordan and LeBron James to score 2,000 points, grab 600 rebounds and record 300 assists.
The former Memphis Tiger has also demonstrated the sterling leadership qualities that I would desire in my point guard and star player. Last year, Rose finished as his team's leading scorer 54 times while directing the Bulls to their best finish since the Jordan years.
Rose makes his teammates better. They trust him, they like him and they believe in him. When watching a Bulls game, Rose is always involved, on every possession. He never takes a play off, continually communicates with his teammates and desires, rather, demands the ball during clutch situations.
With no pre-game rituals or scripted hand slap celebrations during the game, Derrick doesn't remind me of the molly coddled products of teen AAU travel clubs where stars always get their way and rely heavily on natural born ability instead of acquiring knowledge of the game through hard work, practice and study.
Rose personifies the consummate professional that I'd expect from an overall NBA No. 1 draft choice.
Most importantly, Rose will "man up" when necessary as evidenced by the mature manner in which he addressed the media following Chicago's earlier than expected exit from last year's NBA Playoffs.
Rose made no excuse, did not attack the press when questioned and pinned the loss, unnecessarily, on himself and pledged to do better, and play better during his next playoff appearance.
Now that's the kind of person I want as my top NBA draft choice.
He reminds me of another point guard, built more like LeBron than Rose, but a rather exemplary NBA Hall of Famer, after whom Derrick may wish to model his career.
And that stellar point guard is none other than.....