Remember when Michael Beasley was tearing up the Big 12 as a freshman with the Kansas State Wildcats and had many speculating if he should be the top overall pick over Derrick Rose? Well, luckily for the Chicago Bulls, they made the right choice with Rose.
Beasley has been nothing short of a disappointment is his five-year NBA career and is now currently on his third team and giving the Phoenix Suns much of the same he has in his other two stops first with the Miami Heat and then the Minnesota Timberwolves; a lot of potential without much substance to back it up.
The Suns clearly made a mistake when they gave Beasley a three-year, $18 million fully guaranteed contract last summer and have only gotten 10.1 points and 3.9 rebounds on .395 from the field in return from the versatile forward, stats that are a far cry from the potential Beasley flashed when he averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds as a college freshman. Of course it’s foolish to project that a prospect will produce the same type of numbers in the pros that they did in college, but Beasley’s drop off is alarming and lack of professionalism after five seasons is alarming.
What’s even more mindboggling is that teams continue to gamble that Beasley, now 24, will figure it out. I think it’s safe to assume that he won’t by now, at least not on a rebuilding team like the Suns. What Beasley needs is to be in a locker room surrounded by veterans that take their NBA careers seriously to teach him how to be a professional, instead of a locker room full of young players going through the motions every game just to collect a lofty NBA paycheck.
The Suns should explore dealing Beasley this off-season. The only problem is, there may not be a contending team that will be willing to risk acquiring Beasley with two years and $12.2 million left on his contract. The Suns unfortunately may just have dug themselves a hole they won’t be able to get out of until 2015 by signing Beasley to that three-year deal last summer.