If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That saying applies well to Michael Beasley and the Miami Heat. Beasley has been a pleasant surprise to the defending champs and the NBA. Once the poster boy for mediocrity and disappointment, Beasley has been reborn in his second stint in South Beach.
Pat Riley‘s latest redemption project is averaging 11.2 points in 14 minutes per game while shooting an efficient 60 percent from the field. With those numbers comes the obvious question: should Beasley start?
It is easy to say yes, especially with the way Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier have been playing. Should Erik Spoelstra start Beasley or shouldn’t he?
The former Kansas State Wildcat is playing so well off the bench there is no point in ruining a good thing. He offers a quick spark and quick points. Beasley can effectively shoot from anywhere on the floor and helps spread the defense for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
For me, the concern in starting Beasley is maturity. It seems that he realizes his role on the team and is embracing it. He makes the most out of limited opportunities, and the fear of being stuck in warm-ups is a driving force behind his success.
Like his contract, Beasley knows there are no guarantees in Miami or his career. Riley and Spoelstra finally have the troubled forward on the right track. I wouldn’t mind seeing Beasley start once or twice, but it may be too soon to give him that chance.
There’s no doubt Beasley has played phenomenal so far this season, but the reinvention of the former underachiever is young and he still has a lot to prove.