Ed, I agree! For whatever reasons, Noah isn’t a popular pick amongst people, but I tend to like the pick, because to date Paxson hasn’t made a bad draft pick. This team is built on defense, speed, and athleticism. That’s why they ran Miami off the floor. The reason they got beat by Detroit is because they played liked women the first two games, and in game six, everyone was afraid to take a shot. Is Spencer Hawes going to solve that? I highly doubt it.
This was a luxury pick. Last year they get Tyrus Thomas (who is actually contrary to a Paxson pick because he was not a known quantity and had a high ceiling to be a bust). I think Paxson takes the best players available, and that’s why you get Noah. He’s 7 feet, athletic, and blocks shots. He’ll learn from one of the best hustle guys in the NBA in Ben Wallace. He was the number nine pick in a draft that had 3-4 impact players at best. Name me one player taken after Noah that you would rather have?
Hell, Boston (who needs to rebuild) didn’t keep the number 5 pick, and Charlotte didn’t keep the number 8 pick.
The reality is that the Bulls need help from someone already inside the NBA. Honestly, would Spencer Hawes had made a difference in the Detroit series? Nope. He’s the caucasian version of Eddy Curry...can score, but doesn’t defend or rebound.
Plus, Noah is another asset in a possible trade for a star veteran. I don’t mind the pick at all.