Michael Beasley a Bust for Phoenix Suns

By Rob Lunder
Phoenix Suns, Michael Beasley
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The Phoenix Suns thought they were making a good move this past off-season by signing former number two overall pick  Michael Beasley to a lucrative contract. Only a few years ago, it was looking like he was starting to scratch the surface of what he could become while playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the 2010-2011 NBA season, he averaged just under 20 points per game and just under six rebounds per game.

This season has not gone according to plan for either side as Beasley is having an absolutely horrible year. He is averaging a little less than 11points per game and when he does play, he turns the ball over at a very high rate. Averaging 22 minutes per game and two turnovers per game is not what we would call being efficient.

The Suns signed him last off-season because they failed to sign New Orleans Hornets restricted free agent Eric Gordon and became desperate that they needed to get someone. Beasley was the beneficiary of those desires and got a healthy contract to play in Phoenix. He signed a three-year, $18 million contract and the Suns have to be kicking themselves that they still have to have this guy for a few more years. They could amnesty him and save some money, but it would still be painful admitting a huge mistake.

I have written before about how the Suns desperately need some star power and they were hoping to get that with Beasley. Seriously, how many lives does this guy have? It seems like he has played for half the league already.

Beasley is having an awful season and needs to start playing better for the organization.


Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports.  For all NBA news go to the league homepage on Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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