The guy that I’m seeing dominate right now for the Minnesota Timberwolves is the not the same guy I saw the last 2 seasons in a Miami Heat uniform. No, the guy I see now is knocking down 15-footers with ease, taking it to the rim like a man on a mission, and making believers out of people who started labeling him a bust after a rotten start to his career. Who am I talking about, you ask? Michael Beasley.
Averaging just over 22 points a game this season, Michael Beasley has seen his short career revitalized ever since he was acquired by the Timberwolves in July for a measly 2nd round pick. The way he has taken his game to a whole new level, I can assure you that the Heat are already second-guessing that one. And why wouldn’t they? Pouring in 22 a game to go along with 6 rebounds will make a team do that. Obviously, it’s tough to go back and know he was going to perform at an all-star level from either team’s standpoint, but do not think that Beasley hasn’t worn a chip on his shoulder ever since the day he found out he was leaving South Beach for the Twin Cities for just a 2nd rounder.
I understand that the season for him has been just 13 games, a small sample size for any player. But if you’ve had the opportunity to actually see him play in some of these games, I don’t believe you would recognize the same player that donned a Heat jersey and reacted tentatively to everything that happened on the court. This Beasley is a monster, scoring at will on anybody who guards him. He’s pulling down rebounds, knocking down the three-ball, and actually playing defense. Do I believe that much of his ridiculous play revolves around the fact that he was traded for a draft pick? Perhaps, but does that really matter right now? He’s shown the world what he is capable of and how good he can be. More importantly, he’s justifying why the Miami Heat spent the 2nd overall pick on him just a couple of drafts ago.
42, 35, 25, 28, 33, 25. 6 numbers. What are they? The points he has scored over the last 6 games. And the way I see it, he isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The ‘Old Beasley’ has transformed from a college phenom who didn’t know how to play in the NBA into the ‘New Beasley’ who salivates every time he steps on the court because he thoroughly believes he’s the best out there. And why shouldn’t he? With the way he’s playing right now, who’s to say he’s wrong?