Phoenix Suns Should Be Starting Michael Beasley

By Andy Schmidt
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Beasley came into the NBA with high hopes and expectations after being the No. 2 pick in the draft. Beasley has been playing better for the Phoenix Suns lately, but his legal problems off the court have to be something that concerns the Suns a lot. Beasley is scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a number of traffic violations, and I’m not sure that Phoenix is going to want to put up with Beasley’s issues for too much longer.

Beasley has scored over 20 points twice in his last few games, and has averaged 14.5 points a game in his career. But, he isn’t worth the $5.75 million he will be earning the next three years. Beasley’s production has declined as well since scoring nearly 20 a game just three seasons ago and has started just 27 games over the last two years. There are many quality sixth men in the league like James Harden, but Beasley seems like a player that should be starting rather than coming off the bench, especially with how bad the Suns are.

Phoenix could easily find themselves with a top draft pick when that time comes again as the team is only one game out of being in last place in the whole Western Conference. It would be a good move by the Suns to start Beasley after the All-Star break and see what he can do the rest of the year during his first year with the team. No one knows if Beasley can be the next Harden, but he must stay out of trouble or he will be looking for his fourth team in just six years.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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