The Miami Heat organization is currently bringing its roster to the 20-player maximum before the start of training camp, and one name in particular that has yet to surface as a potential addition for next season is the former No. 2 overall pick, Michael Beasley. The six-year veteran was signed by Miami to add instant offense to the second unit, but instead, Beasley was typically allocated to the bench, and only received sparse minutes throughout the regular season.
During his limited stints with the Heat this past season, Beasley actually performed quite well, averaging 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the field (which was the highest shooting mark of his career). Although these numbers aren’t substantial, these numbers were averaged in just 15 minutes or less a game. Not a lot of prime game time for a player of Beasley’s scoring abilities.
With the loss of LeBron James this offseason, the Heat are desperately going to need instant offense outside of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and Beasley could provide that exact scoring punch off the bench. Beasley has never shot lower than 40 percent from the field in his career, plus he isn’t too shabby of a three-point shooter either, hitting 40 percent from beyond the arc last season with the Heat.
Defensively, Beasley leaves a lot to be desired. This is one of the big reasons the Heat organization doesn’t want him back. This is unfortunate because his lack of playing time is one of the major reasons he was never able to get comfortable in the system itself. Giving Beasley the opportunity to earn a significant role off the bench will yield huge dividends offensively, and hopefully help him develop his defensive prowess as well.
The Heat would be foolish to let Beasley go based on last year’s production.