May 20, 2008

Expert: Beasley an easy pick for Bulls

Instead of contestants vying for the right to receive millions of dollars, every entrant was crossing his fingers hoping for the right to give nearly the same amount away. No, Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery isn't anything like your state's Powerball, but that's not to say there were no winners. In this case, it was the Chicago Bulls, who defied the odds by winning the draft's No. 1 pick and the chance to choose between Memphis' Derrick Rose and Kansas State's Michael Beasley.

At least one expert think the Bulls' need for a power forward such as Beasley far outweighs the dynamic point guard play Rose should provide his team, which will likely be the Miami Heat at the No. 2 pick.

"The Bulls are taking Michael Beasley," said's Jonathan Givony immediately following Tuesday night's lottery. "I mean, c'mon. They shouldn't even think about it. They'll look at Rose. They'll work him out, but there is no doubt Beasley is the best pick for Chicago."

And Givony's statement is also true for the inverse. many figured Beasley would slip to No. 2 in this year's draft if a team such as Minnesota, Miami or Seattle, the odds on favorites to win the No.1 pick, would have come into possession of the top spot. What is supposed to happen rarely does, however, and this statistical anomaly happened to work in Beasley's favor as much as it did for the Bulls.

Chicago, who finished the season with a 33-49 record, had a less than two percent chance of winning the rights to pick first in the 2008 draft, which will take place in New York on June 26, and experts believe the Bulls' good fortune was also Beasley's.

"The piece (Chicago) is missing is a scoring power forward," Givony said. "I know one very good one that is going to be there when they pick. They gotta take him. In my mind, I have to assume that this is such a no-brainer."

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