Should Michael Beasley Start For The Miami Heat?

By Shane Phillips
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If you were to ask me what I thought of Michael Beasley six months ago, I would tell you that he is an underachieving troublemaker. If you were to ask me what I thought of the Miami Heat signing Beasley in the offseason, I would have said it was idiotic.

Well, Pat Riley, you once again have proved me and millions of others wrong. As for Beasley, a round of applause and an article in your favor.

Yea, yea, I thought Beasley’s second stint in South Beach would be unproductive and short. I thought Beasley would continue to be a joke and possibly get cut. Wow, was I wrong.

Even though Beasley has had limited opportunities to prove his worth, he has made an incredibly strong impression in only three games. Along with averaging just under 12 points a game, he is shooting 65 percent from the field and is 4-for-6 from the arc this season.

Heck, Beasley had 19 points in 20 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks and 11 points in only eight minutes against the Boston Celtics.

The former Kansas State Wildcat has played exceptionally well and deserves more time on the court. I would even consider starting him if I was Erik Spoelstra.

Beasley has been playing at a highly efficient level, shooting over 65 percent from anywhere on the court and has only committed two turnovers.

Honestly, it could be moronic if Spoelstra did not try starting Beasley at least once while the season is young. Udonis Haslem has been more of a handicap than an advantage for the Heat and offers little on either end of the court while Shane Battier gives up too much size when he starts.

Beasley is 6-foot-10 with long arms, quickness and the ability to shot from just about anywhere on the court. He is interchangeable between the small and power forward positions as well. There’s no doubt that Beasley is another weapon for Miami and could be more than a bench player.

Don’t forget, Beasley was once a No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, and five years later he might finally be living up to that status.

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add Shane to your network on Google.

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