Even in the midst of the January doldrums, the Miami Heat are still a game ahead of pace of where there were last year in the standings. They also have a significant lead for the second seed in the East with the Atlanta Hawks being the only team anywhere close to Miami or the Indiana Pacers in terms of the top two seeds. Although the Heat have lost three straight, there are several role players on the roster playing some of their best basketball.
As of right now, the Heat’s Big Three of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James round out the top three in PER for the Heat, but the role player that claims the fourth spot on the PER list and has been playing some inspired basketball is Michael Beasley.
Currently averaging just 17.8 minutes a game, Beasley is the only role player averaging double-digit points per game. His PER is currently 17.3, which isn’t far off from Bosh (currently 19.6) who is considered an All-Star and an elite player in this league. Beasley is also shooting a career high 50 percent from the field which is a 10 percent jump from last season. No other role player on the Heat’s roster is anywhere close to that kind of improvement in their shooting percentage.
Beasley has been the most important offseason signing for the Heat thus far and has definitely exceeded the expectations of the Heat organization in terms of efficiency. The fact that his average minutes dropped nearly three minutes in total from last season yet he is having a career season in multiple categories speaks volumes to the type of organization that Miami has. Beasley has been the most valuable and efficient role player the Heat have on their roster thus far.