It was announced today that the Miami Heat will bring back former No. 2 overall pick Michael Beasley.
Beasley, who spent his last season with the Phoenix Suns, averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. His best season was his third in the NBA and first with Minnesota Timberwolves, when he averaged 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
If Beasley can return to the kind of production that he provided for the Wolves in 2010-11, he could become a real asset to the Miami franchise. But as he will definitely not be starting over two-time defending MVP LeBron James, he will have to make the most out of his minutes off the bench. Not to mention the fact that he has to compete with the likes of Shane Battier, James Jones, Eric Griffin and James Ennis for playing time.
Having said that, Beasley does garner one thing that his colleagues do not: size. Towering over his teammates at 6-foot-10, this 235-pound beast is the only small forward on the roster that comes close to LeBron’s colossal size. Plus, Beasley has proven to be a scorer, especially with his ability to attack the rim.
However, there is that other monkey that seems to linger on his back pertaining to his drug abuse problems. Beasley was arrested earlier this year for felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, which in turn made the Suns buy out his contract for a reported $7 million. He also admitted to violating the NBA’s substance abuse policy twice in his prior stint with the Heat.
But all drugs aside, I think Beasley will learn that this sort of behavior will not be tolerated on a championship roster. And eventually, he’ll be a great addition to this Miami team who can provide a spark off the bench when he is needed.