Analyzing the top prospects
May, 28, 2008
The Chicago Bulls may decide they need frontcourt help more than backcourt help and select Michael Beasley with the No. 1 pick. However, irrespective of need, I believe that Derrick Rose is the best player available in this year's NBA draft. Point guards with Rose's ability, athleticism and potential just don't come around very often, and if it were up to me, I would take Rose without hesitation. The third-best prospect in my book is Stanford's Brook Lopez. He is still very young, although he is the elder statesman of the top 10 prospects and has the chance to be a really good NBA post player. He may not be a perennial All-Star, but Lopez will be an impact player that has the chance to be very good. The only thing that bothers me about Lopez is that he is not a great finisher around the goal, and he is not a high volume rebounder. In fact, on the glass and on the defensive end, Robin Lopez is the better prospect, and Robin improved greatly this past season. He should be taken in the middle of the first round.
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