At the moment, the Phoenix Suns are one of the biggest laughing stocks of the NBA as they sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 13-30 record and recently parted ways with former head coach Alvin Gentry. There’s plenty of reasons as to why this team has struggled this season (losing Steve Nash never helps), but it’s safe to say one of the worst things they could have done this offseason was bring Michael Beasley on board.
After stints with the Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves, the Suns figured it would be worth the risk taking a shot on Beasley, but so far–he’s been nothing but a disappointment during the regular season. For the first time in his career, Beasley is averaging single digits when it comes to points per game (9.4) and is only averaging 3.6 rebounds per game as well.
Sure, the argument can be made that Beasley’s numbers would be better if he wasn’t playing less than 22 minutes per game, but he wouldn’t be in this position in the first place if he just lived up to the high expectations when he joined the league back in 2008 following an impressive college career at Kansas State. For a team that doesn’t have many weapons to begin with, Beasley should be able to put up steller numbers if he’s playing on a team like Phoenix–which also says a lot about him overall as a basketball player considering he doesn’t appear to be the effective type in the NBA after all.
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