If people haven't remembered there was a chubby out of shape double double machine who was addicted to marijuana...His name is Zach Randolph, now a veteran with the Memphis Grizzles and 2 time All-Star, Z-Bo got his act together and matured into a good team leader...The same future could lie for Michael Beasley
As far as efficiency is concerned. He was always a fantastic rebounder, particularly an excellent offensive rebounder. He also has a frame that makes him incredibly difficult to stop in the low post offensively. He improved over his first few seasons, whereas Beasley has seemed to go on a steady decline. His lack of efficiency as an all-around offensive player, plus his general mediocrity as a rebounder by NBA standards, makes it very hard to have him on the court as a major part of any team hoping to win basketball games.
Zach needed to get better at the little things to turn into a sufficient player on a contending team, he just had a lot more tools to be able to do so. We all know that Beasley has some skills and can put the ball in the bucket, he just has not really done it near the efficiency of Zach, even in his down times. Plus, he does not have the ability to at least make up for this by grabbing boards at a high level, as his defensive deficiencies have been perfectly evident. Think Beasley have shown next to no signs of having a turn around near the level of Zach Randolph, even with the similarity of some of their off-court issues.
Mike will be coasting his entire career. He will be a 35 year old, playing rec ball, and people will still talk about his potential and "what he could be". The guy hasn't shown any sign of turning it around in the four seasons he has been in the league.
Why do you think it might be any different now??
Look at Zach Randolphs career stats. Starting with his second year in the league he had a decent shooting percentage. He was better than Beasely basically immediately once he got into the league. And he could always rebound. His Per 36 minute stats have been remarkably consistent.
A. Blatche is a better example. He turned his performance around last season with the Nets. So I guess there is always hope. But I doubt there is much hope for Beasley. Best case is that he looks up to Wade and Lebron and that inspires him. Those are really smart and hard working superstars. That could inspire Beasley and change his approach to the game. Just don't count on it. Don't even expect it.
Beasley played best for the Heat. Now he is back and the Heat are much better. I think he can find
a role on the Heat.
Reminds me of a young Derrick Coleman
Most remember the Coleman that played with Iverson in the early 2000s. Dude used to be a BEAST in Syracuse and New Jersey early in his career.
Some players just don't want it as much as we want it for them. If you remember, Beasley had arguably a better season than Kevin Durant in college at K State. Same conference too.
He has the talent but Durant puts in the work to match the talent. Big difference. I don't think Mike will ever become that guy we expect, and its a shame.
Aside from a great year at K-State, what has Beasley accomplished in the NBA that puts him close to Derrick Coleman, early in his career. DC was a 20/10 player who's raw physical ability allowed him to haul in over 3 offensive rebounds per game, make an All-Star team early in his career and do so at an efficient rate until his weight gain and decline.
I see virtually no similarities between a power oriented young Coleman playing power forward grabbing rebounds like crazy and being a good passer at the same time when compared to Beasley, a tall small forward who's never been good on the glass and has never relied on power or strength since he dawned an NBA uniform.
Beasley's college stats were insane. Not just arguably better stats in college than Durant, unequivocally better because he scored one more point per game and he did on better FG%.
But that was just one season and it is long ago.
His game will be much simpler now. With James and Wade, all Beasley will be asked to do is hit open jumpers and set screens for them. He could be an effective 4th or 5th option. While such a lowly roll does put the permanent "bust" stamp on him, at least he's in the NBA.
I think Beasley can still be a good role player. As mentioned by TheLastWord, he just has to shoot on the offensive end and try to play defense.
If he can improve his rebounding numbers, improve his defense, and get a nice 3pt jumper, he could shed that bust tag.