Over the course of eight games, the Miami Heat‘s championship caliber defense has been lackluster to say the least. The one bright side is that they are touting the league’s best offense ranked No. 1 in assists at 28 per game and fourth in points with 107 per game.
Even with this stellar offensive production that the Heat have been putting out on the floor, the defensive intensity will eventually rise and balance out with the offensive production as the season progresses. When this occurs the Heat are going to want an additional offensive spark off the bench, and that is where Michael Beasley comes in.
In his limited appearances in a Heat uniform this season, Beasley is already averaging 11.7 points per game, which is higher than any other role player on the defending champs’ roster. Erik Spoelstra has been slowly interjecting Beasley throughout the occasional offensive droughts in the last few games, and it has paid off miraculously. This past Tuesday when the Heat played the Milwaukee Bucks, Beasley scored a season high 19 points and was the second leading scorer behind LeBron James. Not bad for a player most teams didn’t even give a second glance to throughout the offseason.
If Beasley continues to play at this high of an offensive level, gaining meaningful minutes will become a matter of when, not if. There is a reason why he was selected No. 2 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. Beasley can fill up the scorecard, and that is exactly what the Heat will need to rely on throughout the regular season.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @outofboundsjay, or “Like” him on Facebook.