This is a redemption season for Michael Beasley. The former No. 2 overall pick of the 2008 draft has been on a tumultuous decline statically and has only gained notoriety in the NBA from his legal issues with marijuana. The only reason the Miami Heat decided to re-sign this troubled player was due to the amount of talent and potential they see in Beasley.
In his first two-year stint with the Heat, Beasley averaged career highs in his field goal and three point shooting percentages, plus highs in rebounding and steals per game. The player that averaged 14.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 0.75 steals per game is what the Heat will be looking to get out of Beasley off the bench as a quality role player. This could be an adjustment for Beasley having typically started on every team he has played for, but one that he will have to make in order to retain any relevance in this league.
This season it is vital that Beasley accepts the role the Heat have given him to become a diligent disciple of the defending champs’ brand of basketball. So far, it seems Beasley is working as hard as he can to get back to the form that made him the second overall pick in the draft. Head coach Erik Spoelstra told ESPN:
“He’s been diligent … coming in every single day early, an hour before, doing all the pre-practice work with all of our young guys. Michael is not considered a young guy, but he’s been doing it voluntarily. He’s been making progress. He’s trying to learn, acclimate himself to how we do things.”
If Beasley can come off the bench and averages anything close to the 14 points and five rebounds he averaged while previously playing in a Heat uniform, it could add a whole new dimension to the Heat’s cast of role players. The Heat organization signed Beasley to an extremely small contract but could end up with the steal of the offseason if he plays well. The best of luck to Beasley, and hopefully he does well with the opportunity he has been given. It could be his last.