NBA Draft: Who Will Be No. 1?

Tom DillardCorrespondent IApril 20, 2008

Just a year ago, the big discussion in sports was: Kevin Durant or Greg Oden? This discussion began midway through the NBA and NCAA seasons. Everyone was going back and forth between the two players.

People would compare Durant to some of the great scorers of all time. Meanwhile, people were comparing Oden to some of the great big men of all time: Bill Russell, David Robinson, etc.  

Well now, the discussion starts up again, but this time, will it be Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley? Who goes No. 1?

People are comparing Rose to some of the great point guards in the game right now: Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, etc. Meanwhile, those same people are comparing Beasley to some of the great wingmen scorers of the today: Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter, Kobe, etc. So who should go No. 1 in this upcoming June NBA draft?

THE CORRECT ANSWER: Whoever can help the team with the No. 1 pick fill a void!

The three teams with the best chances to get the No. 1 overall pick are the Miami Heat, Seattle SuperSonics, and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Miami Heat
Miami is the type of team that could use either player and use them well. They need a solid point guard to run their team for a full 82-game season, like Derrick Rose.

I don’t think Chris Quinn could do it for an entire season as a starter. He was able to do it for a weak Notre Dame team.

Imagine Derrick Rose playing alongside of Dwyane Wade, Shawn Marion, Ricky Davis, etc. He will make himself and his Miami teammates look just as good as his Memphis teammates.

Miami is a team that could also use Michael Beasley. There is a good chance that they will lose players like Ricky Davis, Jason Williams, and Shawn Marion due to expiring contracts at the end of the season.

Beasley is the type of player who could pick up the slack for the loss of all three of those players, if they do in fact lose them to expiring contracts. Beasley is a scoring and rebounding machine who can help any team no matter where he ends up.

Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle already has an experienced point guard in Luke Ridnour and a backup point guard in Earl Watson. Taking Derrick Rose would show that they have no confidence in either man.

I can’t blame them for taking Derrick Rose here. I have never been completely sold on Ridnour and definitely not Watson.

The only one of those two that can run an NBA team for an entire 82 games is Ridnour. Plus, could you see Rose playing along side of Kevin Durant and Jeff Green and the many big men that they have??

My pick, if I were Seattle and had the top pick, would be Michael Beasley. As just stated, they have a solid point guard in Ridnour. What they need is another scorer to put alongside Kevin Durant.

Durant will surely win the Rookie of the Year this year and rightfully so. However, he cannot carry the scoring load all by himself. He needs a guy who will be a potential 25 point, 10 rebound guy…that guy is Michael Beasley.

Minnesota Timberwolves
The T-Wolves are another team that could use either guy. They have a young point guard who has already bounced around to a few different teams in the league in Sebastian Telfair. No coach or General Manager seems to have any confidence in Telfair.

If the T-Wolves are like this, then they need to draft Derrick Rose. Rose is a solid point guard who will be able to play in a quick back court with Randy Foye or Rashad McCants.

If the Wolves have confidence in Telfair, then they need to take Beasley. Beasley is a scorer who can help Foye and Jefferson carry the scoring load. Foye and Jefferson have been the two players putting up almost all of the points this year.

They can’t do that forever. Either player can help them balance the scoring but if that is all you need help with, draft Michael Beasley. 

So, of the three teams who have the best chance at acquiring the #1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, they all could use either Rose or Beasley. It will just come down to whether the GM and coach have faith in their current players at certain positions.

If you don’t trust your point guard, draft Derrick Rose. If you need scoring and rebounding, draft Michael Beasley.