Worst Case Scenario; The Bulls do not Draft Derrick Rose
Slightly more suspicious that the 2014 NBA draft lottery , the 2008 lottery was a one in which the Bulls defined the odds. With the best player in college being from Chicago, Bulls fans expected that Derrick Rose would be tormenting his hometown for years to come. The ping pong balls fell in the Bulls favor, and despite speculation on who to draft the Bulls selected Rose. The Bulls enjoyed immediate success with Rose, but what would have happened if the Bulls drafted Micheal Beasley instead.
Beasley has solid numbers as a pro, he averages 13.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds. The problem with him is that he is constantly getting into trouble with the law. That is the reason why he went from Miami to Minnesota to Phoenix and then back to Miami in his short career. Beasley arrests shows a lack of maturity from the 25 year old player. He has a polished offensive game, but he does not play well on the defensive side of the ball.
Rose on the other hand has stayed out of trouble. The only issue about his character came when he allegedly threw up a gang sign in a photo. He has become a leader on a Bulls team that has gone to the playoffs every year that he has been in the league. He also has made history, by becoming the youngest Most Valuable Player in the NBA.
If the Bulls drafted Beasley with the no. 1 pick in 2008 the small forward would have only played a couple seasons before his maturity ran him out of town. Despite the fact, Chicago does not have the night life that Miami does, but athletes have gotten in trouble here. Beasley would have not been a model citizen, and the Bulls would have to trade him away similar to what Miami did.
Since Beasley would be a Bull, The Hat would have drafted Rose with the second overall pick in the draft. The backcourt of Dwyane Wade and Rose would have vaulted the Heat to the top of the Eastern Conference immediately. His win shares was 4.8 his rookie year, and increased to 6.0 the year after. Rose’s MVP year he averaged 21 points per game with 8 assist. With Wade, the two teammates would be able to penetrate defenses with ease.
What makes the situation better for Miami is Rose’s contract situation. During the 2010 offseason, Miami was looking to add two max to play with Wade. LeBron James and Chris Bosh signed with the Heat to form the Big Three. With Rose on the roster, the Heat only needed to sign James. James, Wade, and Rose would be a the Big Three in Miami, and with Rose still on his rookie contract the Heat could afford to sign better free agents.
The trio of James, Wade, and Rose would have dominated the Eastern Conference especially the Bulls. The Bulls would have been the void of a player that can take over a game. The Bulls would have a core that consisted of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, and Luol Deng, and despite the fact that these players are good enough to start in the NBA they would not be able to challenge the Heat. The Heat with that Lineup would have easily beaten the Dallas Mavericks in the 2010 NBA Finals.
The Heat would be approaching this year’s NBA Finals with the change to win four consecutive titles. That feat has not been completed since the Boston Celtics of 1966. The Heat would have eclipsed every Michael Jordan led team on the all-time list. The cluster of talent on that team would force other teams to add three or even four superstars just to compete with the Heat. The NBA would turn into Major League Baseball, where only the richest teams can win. So by drafting Rose instead of Beasley in the draft, the Bulls saved the NBA.