July 08, 2008

Beasley vs. Rose

Interesting start to the NBA summer league last night with the Beasley-Rose match up. I know it's just summer league, but it's interesting that Beasley was far and away the best player on the floor. I was a proponent of drafting Rose and wasn't all that in love with Beasley as a player, but it will be fun to see how this debate plays out.


Just to get him on the record, here's my brother's email from a couple weeks ago about the draft. I'm not saying that I endorse his view on the Beasley-Rose debate, but it got me thinking a little bit. Just some food for thought. He is the only person who I respect as a sports fan who has gone on the record in favor of taking Beasley, so he could be in line for some serious bragging rights if his prediction pans out. Needless to say, he was feeling pretty good this morning and stands by his statement that the Bulls blew the draft. We shall see!

Here's the email:

"As far as the picks, I'm starting to think the Bulls really blew it. I think Rose is going to be a good player but Beasley is just an absolute man child. You can just put it in stone that Beasley is going to be an 8 time all-star. Rose probably will be too but point guards in the NBA are always a gamble. I don't think Rose is a good passer either. Chris Paul is so good because he pushes the ball and sees the floor better than anyone in the league. Rose is more of a scorer but he's only 6'3 so I don't think he'll be able to get to the rim as easily as he did in college. Put it on the prediction board that I think the Bulls will regret that pick. Everyone is point guard crazy because of what Paul and Deron Williams have done but I just don't think Rose is that kind of player.

Anyway, those were my thoughts. I also think that O.J. Mayo will be out of the league in 4 years, Joe Alexander might end up being the best player in the draft (best post-pick interview I've ever seen by the way. Check it out on youtube if it's available. Confident guy who just boldy says "I can't WAIT to get there and get started". Love that guy), and the Blazers are going to absolutely destroy everyone in the league for the next 10 years. What a draft."


Matt said...

Cmon Kenny! Mayo will be the best player from this draft class in 5 years. Mark it down...

I think the Heat could be dangerous this year. People forget how good Dwyane Wade is when he is healthy. Beasley will be a beast, but I still think Rose will be a winner.

kmzr29 said...

Not sure if I have a valid opinion because I watched next to nothing of Mayo or Rose, save for the tourney. But, no exageration, Beasley was the most unstoppable college player I've ever seen. More so than I remember from Duncan and Shaq. More so even than Kevin Durant. Durant is long, and could go down low, but he was primarily a perimeter and slash player. I've always thought big men were more consistantly hard to stop because. A perimeter guy is simply more susceptible to go cold. Beasley has the best of both worlds because he could hit the post but step on and drain or drive.

The NBA is definately a different world. But KU threw all kinds of different players at him - Arthur, Rush, Kahn (drafted basically for his defense and rebounded), Darnell Jackson, and nobody really slowed him down. None of those guys are Kevin Garnett, but those are some legitimate NBA bodies and athletes.

I'm not necessarily making a prediction, but if you think college ball is at all relevant, man, it would would be a shock if he isn't awesome.

Ravi said...

Beasley's "sophomore" effort leaves a lot to be desired.


I think that's what you're going to get from him; one good game, one poor game. At 6'7" his success will probably depend a lot on matchups, which doesn't really translate into him being a star.