I want to start this by saying I did not put this together but found it interesting so I thought I would share it. I don't by any means think that Beasley will be Carmelo but I think too many people are writing him off too quickly.
I think there's far too much concern about whether Beasley is a PF or SF. It doesn't really matter any more than it matters for Carmelo Anthony. Beasely is a highly skilled, athletic (yes, athletic) scoring machine who can also rebound and do other things. His college numbers were nearly identical to Kevin Durant's and better than Melo's. But what about Beasley's disappointing two seasons in the NBA? Well, if you take a closer look, Beasley's two NBA seasons aren't so bad after all. In fact, his production is right in line with Melo's production his first two NBA seasons. Consider the following 35 minute per game stats of both:
POINTS -- Beasley's 1st two seasons: 19.6 and 17.2. Melo's: 20.1 and 21.
REBOUNDS - Beasley's 1st two seasons: 7.7 and 7.5. Melo's: 5.7 and 5.7
FG % -- Beasley's 1st two seasons: 47.2 and 45.0. Melo's: 42.6 and 43.1.
3-Pt % -- Beasley's 1st two seasons: 40.7 and 27.5. Melo's 32.2 and 26.6.
OTHER STATS -- Virtually identical in steals, blocks and turnovers.
Yes, but isn't Melo more physically gifted? Isn't Beasley more of a PF in that he's less athletic than Melo? The answer is clearly no. Compare their measurements and combine numbers:
Height -- Beasley 6'7. Melo 6'6 1/4
Weight -- Beasley 239. Melo 233
Overhead Reach -- Beasley 8'11. Melo 8'9 1/2
Wingspan -- Beasley 7'0 1/4. Melo 7'0.
No-Step Vertical -- Beasley 30.0. Melo 30.5
Step Vertical -- Beasley 35. Melo 33.5
Sprint Time -- Beasley 3.24. Melo 3.15. (Beasley's time same as Flynn's)
Agility Time -- Beasley 11.06. Melo 11.40
Bench Press -- Beasley 185 lbs 19 times. Melo 185 lbs 7 times.
Beasley is longer, wider, stronger a better leaper and quicker laterally than Melo. So who's the better athlete and who can't play SF?
I recall some of the recent chatter on this Board about the Wolves acquiring Melo. That was entirely unrealistic. But we may have just lucked into our own version of Melo. Time will tell. The attitude issues are there, but no one knows how serious they are or how much of it was due to immaturity.
Melo's number took off and it elite levels beginning his third season. It will be interesting to see if Beasley does the same. It's really up to Rambis to not blow this opportunity. Rambis needs to give Beasley a consistent 32 - 37 minutes a game every single game for the entire season. That will help Beasley mentally and it will also give us the chance to see just how good he can be.