Beasley release reiterates Bulls made right decision on Rose

Beasley release reiterates Bulls made right decision on Rose

September 3, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Michael Beasley was waived by the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, marking yet another failed stop in the career of one of the 2008 NBA Draft's No. 2 overall pick.

A(nother) turbulent offseason saw the 24-year-old arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., on marijuana possession charges and he'll now be searching for his fourth NBA team in six seasons.

The SportsTalk Live crew inevitably brought up the 2008 lottery, when the Bulls had to make the decision between the scoring machine in Beasley and an ultra-athletic point guard in Derrick Rose.

The Bulls were in dire need of the best player available but also could have used the size. But Rose's upside, Chicago roots and impressive offseason workouts and interviews ultimately led to John Paxson and co. to pick the point guard. Turns out that was a good decision, to say the least.

Through five seasons (four for Rose, who missed all of last season), here's how each player has fared:

Player Minutes Points Rebounds Assists FG% FT%
Derrick Rose 36.8 21.0 3.8 6.8 46.4% 81.5%
Michael Beasley 26.4 14.1 5.2 1.4 44.7% 75.7%

It's certainly worth noting, too, that Rose has an MVP under his belt as well as 14 career playoff wins. In 29 postseason games Rose has averaged 25.1 points and 7.3 assists.

Beasley, on the other hand, is 4-8 in the postseason, with playoff averages of 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds as a role player.

Ever since Rose's rookie year it hasn't been a debate as to whether the Bulls made the right call, but Beasley's continued off-the-court concerns simply reiterate how fortunate the Bulls were to land Rose.