This Year’s Key to the Playoffs: Guards

May 12, 2008

Who\'s the next CP3?

 

After reading a recent article on ESPN about this upcoming draft class, I realized that there is likely chance that Mr. Rose out of Memphis will more than likely get the nod for the number one pick.  I say this because if you look at the NBA playoffs right now, it’s never been more crystal clear that it’s all about the guards.  Kobe, CP3, Deron Williams, Tony Parker.  I would even go to say guys like Rip Hamilton’s recent contributions and Delonte West deserve mention.  Of course, Chauncey Billups should be attached to this list automatically (Mr. Big Shot!!!) but the boys in red, white and blue proved they are resiliant without his presence.  For those that have been watching, these small guys are the most confident on the floor.  They are the guys making the right decisions, at the right time.  Coaches have shown that they can be trusted with the game winner (ie: Delonte West).  Kobe being the MVP and CP3 being second just shows the value of guards in the NBA market is strong.  As per usual, though, number one lottery picks are always big men (except Iverson) in past years.  Mike Beasley was supposed to be the unquestioned number one pick in this year’s draft.  He outperformed Kevin Durant’s stellar numbers, so what’s the big deal?  Derek Rose has emerged as a direct competitor!  How can teams pass up a chance to get the next CP3 and D. Wills?  It’s not worth letting these guys fall down to 2 or 3 or later.  I like where the GM thoughts are heading, because I know if my teamed lacked even the slightest bit in the most important position category, I’d be shopping for the perfect Rose.

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