NBA Draft Dilemma: Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose, and Impaling Myself

Morgan CarterCorrespondent IMay 21, 2008

The draft lottery has its problems, but for now I am just enjoying the fact that the Bulls walked away Tuesday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.  I have never been so happy to see the Miami Heat logo in my entire life. 

My friend, who's a Knicks fan, called me to rant and ask who Chicago should take with the top pick.  My excitement at this improbable event occurring soon changed to deep frustration. I could not give him an answer. 

While the Bulls' spot is enviable, it is still frustrating to pick one of two players who would easily be consensus number ones if they were separated from each other in different drafts.

A quick visit to one of the best sites on the Internet, Wikipedia, provided me with the definition of a dilemma: A dilemma is a problem offering at least two solutions or possibilities, of which none are practically acceptable; one in this position has been traditionally described as being impaled on the horns of a dilemma, neither horn being comfortable. 

That is an excellent definition, and I believe that it perfectly describes the Bulls' situation (at least in my case).  I cannot decide one way or the other. 

It is difficult to stomach the Bulls losing out on a potential superstar, one who could change the fortunes of a franchise looking for an identity since the Jordan era.  Also, I will be likely be forced to impale myself if the Bulls choose a great player who turns out to be a bust while the other tears up the league and gets mentioned on SportsCenter every night. 

If we take Beasley, he will have character issues, get traded in two years, and Rose will turn into the next Chris Paul, leading Miami to another championship.  If we take Rose, he will be solid or mediocre but either way the Bulls will not be able to trade for a low post scorer and Beastley will annihilate us and lead the Heat to sweeping Chicago in the first round.

I am currently leaning towards Beasley, although I have been back and forth the past few days, since he is what the Bulls have needed for the past few years.  John Paxson loves the Bulls young core (he always says he doesn't want to break up the young core) and he can keep this group of players, except replacing Gordon with Hughes. 

All we heard about when Curry (Eddy, not JamesOn, but what a cool name though!) left is that the Bulls needed a big guy who could score, or an athletic superstar like Paul Pierce.  Beasley is that athletic big man (I know he's not a center). 

I think that people begin to overvalue players who have had success at the college level.  Even though people will say that Michael Jordan is a great example of someone who goes against my argument, is Derrick Rose the next Michael Jordan?  I don't think so.

The Bulls always had guards who were decent shooters but were never really superstars, and they don't need a superstar guard.  Beasley allows for the opponents' defense to rotate down low, leaving the guards wide open for three-pointers. 

Without the big man, the defenders can stay out on Hinrich, Hughes, Gordon, and even Deng (he's mainly a jump shooter) leaving the Bulls with a very one-dimensional offense.  If they take Rose then who is he going to pass the ball to?  They'll have to waste more time finding a big man who can get points. 

Both players have the potential to be superstars in the league, so I think the Bulls should go with the player they need more, Beasley.  If Tyrus Thomas can prove to me that he can invigorate his career like Tyson Chandler did with the Hornets, then I'd take Rose, but I don't have that confidence in him yet.

Something that no one has mentioned much of is defense. Who is the better defender?  It's probably Rose, but that topic hasn't really been covered much by the media.  In the coming weeks you will probably see me respond to this article with a change of heart, or maybe the coming days, hours, minutes, seconds.

Taking Beasley

Pros: Slasher, low post scorer, huge upside, ambidextrous (ooh!)

Cons: Potential character issues, Noah at center?

Taking Rose

Pros: Can make other players better, hometown player, consistent winner

Cons: Creates logjam at guard, does he really solve the Bulls' offense?

Rose or Beasley?  Beasley or Rose?  Frederic Weis or Maciej Lampe?  Tough choices.  Help me out folks.  Let me know what you think, because I can't decide.