A prayer for relevance... for the following argument, and for the Grizzlies. Quickly... We will be doing the show from 3-6 tomorrow live at the Flying Saucer downtown in conjunction with the Grizzlies Lottery Party. Press Release Here.
I am praying that what I am about to write becomes applicable after tomorrow night. I talked today on the show about how there are many people that I talk to about the Grizzlies that think the team should take Michael Beasley with the first pick if given the chance. I disagree. You take Derrick Rose if you get that spot.
The reason Rose should be the number one pick is that great PG's are not on bad teams. Before you say what you are thinking, ask yourself if you really consider whoever you are thinking of to be a great player. You don't. Great PG's consistently are on winning teams. There is a reason for that. You can have a great power forward and be terrible or have a low playoff ceiling. Ask Garnett, or Bosh, or Brand, or Gasol, or Al Jefferson, and on and on and on. It is insanely rare to have a great PG and have a losing team.
Derrick Rose is going to be a great NBA PG and when given the chance to take a great PG or great PF, you take the great PG when you don't have an elite player that dominates the ball. (IE that point-forward thing that LeBron, Kobe, Wade, McGrady have going on where they control the ball). There is only one Tim Duncan, and really Manu dominates the ball in crunch time. (So don't bring that up).
Beyond the fact that it would sell more tickets, and sell more jerseys, and get more local support... you take Rose with the number one pick because it is the best basketball decision. Great PG's win... consistently.
Let's just pray the Grizzlies have a chance to make that choice.