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Who Is Your Pick?

I'm about to catch a flight to Los Angeles to cover the Western Conference Finals, but I'm sure everyone is well aware that there will be a few ping pong balls bouncing around in Secaucus, N.J., and for the fourth year in a row, the Washington Wizards don't have to worry about the outcome. I just want to know who is your pick?

Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley? The point guard to possibly lead for franchise for the next decade or the forward who can score from practically anywhere on the floor?

Me, I'd take Rose, for the same reasons that Portland took Greg Oden over Kevin Durant with the No. 1 pick last year. The two most important positions on the floor are point guard and center and any time you have a chance to solidify your team at one of those positions, you do it.

The draft lottery tonight will go a long way toward determining whether Rose or Beasley goes No. 1 next month. Rose is considered the favorite to go No. 1 because he plays a position that most teams need. Beasley, who has been compared to Derrick Coleman, has the potential a 20-point scorer in the league for years to come.

The wretched Miami Heat has the greatest chance of winning the lottery after finishing with the league-worst 15 wins. Since I'm tired of always reporting about the competitive inbalance in the NBA between East and West, I always root for the East to get the top two picks. It didn't work out too well last season, with Portland and Seattle landed the prizes of Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.

There might not be many impact players coming from this draft, but I really want to know you would take if you were lucky enough to get the No. 1 pick.

While we're at it, who do you have coming out of the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference? I picked the Celtics and Lakers, mostly because I became a fan of the league during the the 1980s and the prospect of those two franchises meeting again excites me a bit more than another Pistons-Spurs matchup (even though the final three games of their NBA Finals in 2005 were pretty exciting).

So, who is it going to be?

1. Rose or Beasley?

2. Lakers or Spurs?

3. Celtics or Pistons?

By Michael Lee  |  May 20, 2008; 3:50 PM ET
 
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Comments

I going to to take Beasley all day and night. I like rose but Beasley is David west right now but can finish with either hand very well. He not only makes layups with his off hand but dunks the ball with power that's key for a big man. He going to play the 4 spot in the leadgue. Rose can't really shoot I might say beasley is even a better shooter then him right now plus he is from DC and has that dog in him.

I will take the Spurs and ahhhhhhhhhh..... Boston what the hell!

Posted by: smilez p | May 20, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Pistons/Spurs was my preseason pick for the Finals. Don't see any reason to change now.

Posted by: kalorama | May 20, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

1. Rose is the pick. Look at what CP3 and Deron Williams have done with New Orleans and Utah. I think Rose will be right up there with these two in a few years.

2. Lakers over Spurs in 7. This is going to be a great western conference final. One that any true NBA fan hopes will go 7 games.

3. Pistons over Celtics in 7. The Pistons are the better team overall and that ultimately will get them to the finals. Im pulling for Boston though. It would be great to see KG, Pierce and Allen get a ring. If Allen could ever find his game they might have a shot.

Posted by: DMoney | May 20, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Pistons take down the Celtics. The boys from Motown are tough as nails, and way more emotionally tough than the fragile Celtics.

Posted by: Roman | May 20, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Pistons take down the Celtics. The boys from Motown are tough as nails, and way more emotionally tough than the fragile Celtics.

Posted by: Roman | May 20, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

but can beasley play the 5 on the all mid-atlantic team?

PG: d. west
sg: r. gay
sf: k. durant
pf: c. anthony
c: m. beasley

with Alonzo, G. Hill and Juan providing the veteran leadership off the bench

now that team would be fun to watch

Posted by: FreeDC | May 20, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Rose
Spurs
Pistons

Posted by: MDBaller1 | May 20, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

1. Rose --- Imagine a backcourt with him and Dwayne Wade. On second thought, I would rather not.

2. Celtics --- Saunders is more incompetent than Rivers (but not by much). The Celtics get the road curse off their back in Game 4.

3. Lakers --- For the love of God, please let it be the Lakers so we can have a good Finals to watch. Any combo of the any three will make for horrible viewing. That said, Pau Gasol tips the balance in the Lakers favor on offence. His acquisition gives the Lakers too many weapons for the Spurs to defend.

Posted by: George Templeton | May 20, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Chicago gets the #1 pick, so who on that team are they will to let go or trade to the Wiz?

They won't draft a PG b/c they have Hinrich, so they'll probably go for Beasley....which means, Tyrus Thomas might be available.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 20, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

DC Man, they'll definitely draft a PG. Hinrich will have nothing to do with that. Rose is classes above Hinrich, and the Bulls should draft Rose and dump Kirk. Beasley, too, would be an upgrade over Thomas, but I don't think you leave Rose on the board in this draft.

And I hope you weren't implying they'd dump Thomas, and the Wizards could pick him up. He's not worth the roster spot right now. He's athletic, but his skills are limited.

Posted by: Colin | May 20, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

2008 NBA DRAFT PREDICTION:
CHI - ROSE/BEASLEY
MIA - BEASLEY/ROSE
MIN - LOPEZ/GORDON
SEA - LOVE/LOPEZ

WIZARDS - BIG MAN/SMALL FORWARD (18 & 47)

Posted by: MIATAMIKE | May 20, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

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DC Man, they'll definitely draft a PG. Hinrich will have nothing to do with that. Rose is classes above Hinrich, and the Bulls should draft Rose and dump Kirk. Beasley, too, would be an upgrade over Thomas, but I don't think you leave Rose on the board in this draft.

And I hope you weren't implying they'd dump Thomas, and the Wizards could pick him up. He's not worth the roster spot right now. He's athletic, but his skills are limited.

Posted by: Colin | May 20, 2008 8:50 PM "

Dump Hinrich? Oh, you mean find someone to take his 11.2 mil salary.

That's almost as hard as finding a reason to give Gilby max money.

Posted by: DC Man88 | May 20, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Sure, find someone or move him to the bench. I didn't mean dump as in trade or cut, necessarily. I meant dump him as the starter.

Posted by: Colin | May 20, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

How about this draft/trade scenario.

Wiz unsure what to do w/ Gil find a willing trade partner in the Clippers who's dying for star power and who better than native son, Arenas, who has somewhat of a rivalry with Kobe...the other LA star. Gil's quirkiness works great in LaLaLand and the Clippers get their main attraction. In return and the cap numbers make sense too...the Clips give up C Chris Kaman at $8.6 mil a year and this year #1, the seventh (#7) overall which is slotted to make $2.6 mil which equals to $11.2 mil. Guess what Gil's cap figure is...$11.95mil. The Wiz gets some much needed low post presence in the Kaveman who before the break last year was avg atleast 14 boards a game and almost 3 blks. And with the #7 pick overall, the Wiz gets a defensive and team oriented PG in Russell Westbrook from UCLA. Since they don't have to give the max to Gil, they can re-sign Antwan and can really challenge in the East with this lineup...Westbrook/Daniels at PG, Stevenson/Young at SG, Butler at SF, Jamison/Blatche at PF, and Kaman/Haywood/Thomas at C. That isn't a bad squad, especially in the East. Giving Gil up is huge risk but Kaman is only 26 and the team seems to have better chemistry w/o Gil but really need some low post pressence and real PG and they can accomplish all 3 issues in one swoop. Ernie should really consider this.

Posted by: Phi | May 21, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Give up Arenas for Kaman and the #7 pick? It may make sense on paper but it would not sell many tickets. And Haywood would go into a world-class sulk.

Posted by: khrabb | May 21, 2008 4:24 AM | Report abuse

Beasley scares me and seems to have a little bit of Marcus Fizer in him. He's smaller than advertised and got away with a lot of bs layups and putbacks that will be blocked in the pros. I'd take Rose first and Beasley 2nd or 3rd. The Lopez guys are terrible, IMO. Both ! I think Hibbert has a bigger upside as a C. They're both like Noah but not as active.

Posted by: mark | May 21, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

At 18, Hibbert actally makes sense for the Wizards. Or we could look to the future and choose a guy like Batum.

Posted by: mark | May 21, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

phi, your trading Gil is one year too late. Wiz either pay his money or let him walk.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Pistons/Spurs/Rose and trade GILBERT!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

If the Wizards spend upwards of $25 mill to keep Jamison and Arenas, it's a good bet that "looking to the future" is not part of the game plan.

Posted by: kalorama | May 22, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Give up Arenas for Kaman and the #7 pick? It may make sense on paper but it would not sell many tickets. And Haywood would go into a world-class sulk."

It would if it helped them win games. The idea that people are paying to see Arenas play is overblown. he's not Jordan or Kobe. They're paying to see the team win. And who cars if Haywood sulked? Either he got with the program or he got gone. Kaman is a much better player.

Of course, it's all moot because it'll never happen.

Posted by: kalorama | May 22, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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