Mar. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley (8) against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 127-124. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Spotlight: Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, Beasley was a star of the highest level during his one season at Kansas State. Beasley dominated at Kansas State averaging 26 points a game, 12 rebounds a game, a block, a steal and on top of it he shot 53% from the field overall. Beasley was all but set for superstardom in the NBA, however after his solid rookie season in Miami he’s gone downhill a little more each season.

Despite Beasley’s talent and potential; he’s been his own worst enemy. Throughout his four years in the NBA he went from prized young talent to someone who’s trying to reestablish himself in the NBA.  Beasley during his two years in Miami constantly dealt with issues involving Marijuana and even was checked into rehab. During the summer of 2010, Miami dealt Beasley to Minnesota for cap space to sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Beasley had a strong season during his first season in Minnesota averaging 19.2 points per game but once again he got in his own way when he was caught with marijuana after being pulled over by an officer.

Minnesota didn’t extend the 8M qualifying offer to Beasley which allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent and he eventually found his way to Phoenix.  The Suns’ signed Beasley to a reasonable deal for 3 years’ worth 18M. At this point the reward outweighs the risk, after striking out on Eric Gordon; the Suns’ needed a scorer.

It’s no question Beasley is highly talented and is capable of being an all-star but due to his off-court as well as the occasional on court discipline he’s been limited to nothing more than an average player. It should be expected that Beasley will take a stride and become a better overall player who will be more productive next season.

Not that there should be any excuses for Beasley for his mistakes, but Beasley hasn’t had a coach as good as Alvin Gentry coaching him, he was a 19 year old who grew up in Maryland given millions of dollars and living in Miami. Let’s face it when most people were 19 they didn’t make the best decisions. However this is the biggest year of his career, he has to prove this year to everyone that he can be that all-star that he has the potential to be. Beasley has to prove that he’s no longer the young 20 year old that’s addicted to smoking marijuana.

Alvin Gentry and his staff will have their hands full next year handling Michael Beasley, but overall they should be very happy to have a player of his talent and potential on their roster. People forget that Beasley is only 23 years old; he still has time to become the player he’s always had the potential to be. Now whether or not he continues to stand in his own way that still remains to be see but if he ever decides to live up to his potential the Suns’ will have caught lighting in a bottle.

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