Tweet of the Night goes to Michael Beasley, who didn’t have a whole lot to share about his life aside from keeping himself in shape for the upcoming season, which is probably a good thing for the somewhat controversial forward.
If you missed it over the summer, Beasley is now with the Phoenix Suns after signing a three-year deal worth $18 million. After increasing his scoring average in each of his first three seasons – he topped out at 19.2 points – Beasley regressed badly last season and managed to score just 11.5 points per game. The small forward dealt with various injuries and quickly lost the starting role under Rick Adelman after the first month of the season.
Beasley is a gifted offensive player, but defense has often prevented him from winning over the coaches he has played for. With the rebuilding Suns, he could flourish as the go-to option, but Alvin Gentry is another coach who won’t tolerate missed assignments on the defensive end, so it will be interesting to see how Beasley’s minutes will be handled – he has never averaged more than 32 minutes (and it’s not because he isn’t properly conditioned).
If you want to learn a bit more about the pros and cons of Beasley’s game, the video below by Mike Schmitz is well worth the watch:
There are some who believe the Suns will be a team to be reckoned with in the Western Conference despite losing franchise-star Steve Nash. Presumably, Beasley will have to play a large role – a positive one – for those beliefs to come to fruition.