Michael Beasley‘s redemption journey finally began Tuesday night. The Miami Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors without Chris Bosh and LeBron James had 30 points in his 500th consecutive game with 10 or more points.
Between Bosh welcoming a new daughter and James’ milestone it was an eventful evening for Miami, but I think Beasley is the bigger story.
Here is a guy who was exiled by the Heat three years ago, a guy who has failed the NBA drug policy several times, a guy who did not make a difference with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was chased out if town by the Phoenix Suns.
Heck, you would have never guessed he was a former second overall draft pick. Now back where his crooked career began, Beasley was given another shot.
Although his court appearance was brief in Toronto, it was like a blitzkrieg. In only four minutes, Beasley hit two three-pointers and recorded a block. For his first game of the season, six points and 66 percent from range is solid, but it is even more impressive in only four minutes.
I want more! I want to see Beasley be given a bigger opportunity and more time on the court to show what he can do. I am thoroughly impressed with what the former Kansas State Wildcat did in his debut.
Of course there is the obvious argument to replace Udonis Haslem with Beasley, and I agree. Yes, Haslem is stronger, but he provides nothing offensively and actually is a disadvantage for Miami.
Beasley is 6-foot-10 with long arms and more athleticism. He can shoot from all over the court as well as posting up. He even provides more agility on the defensive end as he showed with his block against the Raptors.
I would love to see Beasley start with Bosh, James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. I actually believe that is a scary lineup for teams to deal with because every player has the ability to shoot from anywhere on the court.
There is no reason why Erik Spoelstra shouldn’t try this lineup. It is early in the season and there is no better time to experiment. Haslem has provided nothing on either end of the court through five games.
Just give it a try, Spoelstra. No risk, no reward.