Michael Beasley (small forward/power forward)
Season stat line (averages)
MIN: 14.6|FG%: .371|3P%: .315|FT%: .571|REB: 0.9|AST: 3.0|BLK: 0.1|STL: 0.5|TO: 1.2|PTS: 3.0
If you look up the word underwhelming or disappointing in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Michael Beasley from this season. The Suns gave him a massive contract for multiple years and he played OFF THE BENCH for most of the year, only starting in certain circumstances. He wasn’t starting because the person in front of him was an all-star, that person was P.J. Tucker, who just came from overseas and has barely played in the NBA at all, but played better than Beasley this year. Beasley was inefficient almost every game and his random good to great games were few and far between.
Beasley is right up there with Atlanta’s Josh Smith for the leader in shots as far away as possible from the rim that don’t qualify as three-pointers. Not three-pointers where you accidentally have a toe on the line, but intentionally catching the ball RIGHT in front of the arc, dribbling a little, then pulling up for a contested, low-percentage jumper. His defense was probably below average and for huge chunks of the season his effort was lacking. He has the athletic ability and the skills to stay in the league for a long time, just don’t expect him to be anywhere near the best player on the team or for that team to be good.
No player frustrated Suns fans more during the course of the 2012-2013 season than Michael Beasley. Beasley teased fans all season long with his sporadic play. While at times he looked like a superstar in the making, most others he looked like a clumsy guy with dreads who couldn’t make it in the Europe league.
Jump shots made up for 80% of Beasley’s shot attempts but unfortunately he made only 39% of them. Michael Beasley has been the ultimate disappointment. Coming to Phoenix from Minnesota I thought this guy couldn’t play worse than he did in Minnesota, but somehow, someway, he did.
The worst part is Beasley had his opportunities. The starting small-forward job was Beasley’s to lose, and given that his competition was Shannon Brown(At the time) that says a lot. In 20 starts, Beasley shot just 37% from the field and 27% from downtown while having an assist-turnover ratio of 0.9. Beasley’s was the fourth highest paid player on the Suns roster last season, and at the end of the season, he was hardly part of the rotation.