Michael Beasley came to Phoenix this off-season after signing a 3-year contract worth about 18 million dollars. Beasley came to Phoenix with a lot of expectations and a lot on the to-do list, one of the biggest items on that list, shedding the bust label. Beasley has struggled this season but last night he may have found his key to success.
Beasley didn’t have the greatest game last night statistically speaking but it’s easy to see that he had a huge impact on last night’s game.
Beasley began the game scoring a lefty lay-up straight to the basket, and a couple of possessions later Beasley took Danilo Gallinari off the dribble and got an and one reverse lay-up.
If you ask me I think Beasley needs to open every game by attacking the basket. Beasley can get those long 18-20 foot jumpers at any point in time, but those drives to the basket is what’s going to elevate his game to the next level.
When Beasley attacks the basket it opens up his whole game. When Beasley shows his defender that he’s a threat to get to the basket they will respect that as the game goes along which ultimately gives Beasley more space for his jump shot.
With all that being said its clear Beasley still has work to do when it comes to his ability to attack the rim.
If you ask me Beasley is better at working on the low-block than he is facing up 15-feet away and taking his guy off the dribble. People forget Beasley is big guy; he has a body similar to that of Carmelo Anthony.
But I loved what Alvin Gentry did to begin the game against Denver, give the ball to Beasley early and let him get going. Interesting stat, in the 4 games thus far that Beasley has scored 16 points or more, he’s averaging 5.75 points in the 1st quarter of those games. In the other 4 games where he’s scored less than 10 points he’s averaging 1.5 points in the 1st quarter of those games; that’s a pretty obvious correlation there.
Beasley has been pretty inconsistent thus far but if the Suns keep getting ball to Beasley early and get him involved in the game expect to see a lot more games from Beasley similar to the one we saw tonight. Be patient with Beasley Suns fans, he’s still new to the team and his struggles won’t last, expect to see progression in his play as the season goes on.