Just like Derrick Rose got the Bulls the number 1 seed right?
I'd rather see him in March, April, May then November, December, January.
That seems to be the exception, not the rule. I'd rather play an 8th seed than a 4th seed all things being equal. Will injuries happen to top seeded teams? Sure, but I don't want to bank my franchise's playoff chances on other team's injuries. Do we beat the Bulls if they have Rose? Nope.
Obviously I'd rather see him at the end of the season instead of the beginning, but if you're talking about a max contract you want him to play the whole season. Playoff seeding is important. I can't believe I had to defend that statement.