I’m sure you’ve all heard the news by now. After being arrested for marijuana possession early last month, the Phoenix Suns have waived the former number two overall pick in Michael Beasley.
Talent has never been the problem for Beasley. During his lone year at Kansas State, Beasley averaged 26 and 12 on 53 percent shooting. While splitting the time with the Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves he averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game on 45 percent shooting during his first four seasons in the NBA. So we all know the kid is talented. Unfortunately for Beasley his troubles stem from off-the-court troubles and a lack of work ethic.
In this league Beasley may as well be playing without hands and feet.
We’ve seen many players go through what Beasley is dealing with. He’s not the first and damn sure won’t be the last. And in a league where we’ve seen second chances given out multiple times, with Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph coming to mind, Beasley will definitely get a second look.
If we’re talking pure talent the Beasley would probably be the third big off the bench, acting as the reserve power forward behind Blake Griffin. He struggled a lot last season. Look at his per game numbers since entering the league.
That’s a drastic fall off in almost every category, but it shows that Beasley can be a productive player. The problem is that with his poor ethic’s and troubles it’s a risk sometimes worth taking.
I don’t know what team will give Beasley a signing, but I know whoever does will have to have a strong foundation. The Clippers team has exactly that. You can get away with loathing on the court and not taking the game serious around the team the Phoenix Suns had last season. But in LA? That won’t fly. Doc Rivers is no slouch and neither is Chris Paul. Antawn Jamison, Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes, who will all have key leadership roles, won’t either. That act doesn’t have a chance to fly and if he resists their discipline he’ll quickly find himself looking for another job.
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