Mike "be easy" Beasley is having a solid night tonight. I really wish a switch would go off in his head that make him value his career a lot more and become the great player that many of us feel he can be.I don't think there is anything that he can't do on the court at a solid rate. BEASLEY PLEASE WAKE UP!
He is cooking right now in the fourth off isolation pullups or lay ups
I knew once Gentry was out and Hunter was in that his role would increase. Can he bring it on a night to night basis and will he put the work in off the court? Haven't those always been the questions with him.
Anyone else think that he is a player "after his time"? You hear of guys being players before their time meaning that their skill set was way beyond everyone they played with.. Well, do you think that he would be better suited for the NBA 10 years ago??
If you look at the way the game was played in the late 90s early 00s, it was alot of isolation and not so much of anything else but maybe pick and roll.. Now the game has shitfted to alot of "set plays" that are called ahead of time and they arent set up in the half court, they are set up as the ball is inbounded..
Regardless, I think if he could have played in the mid to late 90s, he would have been much more successful.
You might be right, but then again that era was like the worst era of basketball.
IDK about the worst... We were looking at MJ winning 72 games in 96 or 97 and after that, the league was in a bit of a hangover because of the loss of a superstar.. That was the Iverson Era and Kobe's early years.. Also, Shaq was huge then.. Wasnt the greatest but it wasnt the worst either.. Below where we are at today though..
I was more referring to the post-Jordan era. with the Marbury's, AIs, Steve Francis, BD's, Antoine Walkers, etc. Everyone trying to be the next Jordan with the isos, with very little creativity when it came to offensive play calls, like what you described above.
The post-Jordan era was the worst basketball I've seen at the NBA level from a pure basketball standpoint. Of course we had the few teams that actually got it and those were the successful teams, but as a whole the play was really down during that era.
Always rooted for Beasley... Hopefully he can gain some more confidence because he could easily be doing this every night.
27 points and took over late to beat a desperate team...nice!
I have always loved this guy, high volume scorer and happy that coach Hunter is going to use him in a bigger role. However I have watched every second of this game and Mike keeps doing the SAME move every time he gets the rock, Iso - Jab left - one dribble jumper/ drive hard. How has no coach on the team noticed or Ron Ron not notice it. He is the reason why the Sun's are going to get the Win, Looks good for coach Hunter
Yes and no, his skillset is very akin to Carmelo Anthony's as he can score from anywhere on the floor and can faceup or put his back to the basket, I don't know why he hasn't put it all together. If he is allowed more ISO plays he could flourish, but like you said he can't operate in set plays.
Maybe just maybe if he stayed off the weed he might could unlock his true potential lol. The true question is Phoenix the right spot for him? I say yes its good for him not to have pressure and just play his game
b-easy throwin signs he is a future nba swag hall of fame inductee
Yeah I've been checking the box scores lately and Beasley has been quietly flourishing under the new head coach. Gentry never really gave him a chance, he was wildly inconsistent with his minutes and didn't give him a chance to get comfortable. Knowing Coach Hunter believes in him has given Beasley the comfort and confidence he needs to start making shots. He was great in the 4th tonight, they are finally starting to realise that he's their most talented scorer, hands down.
The best thing about Phoenix for Beasley is their great medical staff, he's had seasons before where he's been looking to break out and a series of small injuries will slow him down or put him on rest - particularly in Minnesota. His first year with the T'Wolves he looked like a bonafide scorer who would be part of their future, until he went down with an injury and never really recovered.
I also agree that Beasley would have fit in better in the no-zone era where D was more limited, he would have been a monster isolating back then, and I don't think hand-checking would have bothered him much.
I hope beasley can really pick it up and start rolling I have always believed in him as well and was a big beasley fan growing up. I was in 9th grade when he was in 12th. Also he just turned 24,which makes him one of the younger 2007 draftees. Even rose and westbrook will be 25 this year and Oj will be 26. He just needs a chance and as my man above said he needs to stay away from the weed and just drill on his craft. The boy is nice.
I missed this game (was at the Nets/Miami game) but I've got to chime in because I've seen enough of these Beasley games before. I'm sure the guy just hit a bunch of pull up jumpers. When they go in (which happens about once every two weeks) he scores enough to look decent. Beasley finished shooting 12 for 20, 60% and only one of those attempts was a three, a good shooting percentage but nothing particularly special for a SF or PF. As always, the problem is that he took only three FT attempts. Getting to the line that little on that many attempts is terrible. In fact I suspect since Beasley had a ton of steals he probably got a few easy transition buckets. But unless he has turned over a new defensive leaf, then those steals are just random bad passes by the Lakers. He wont get them in most games and he will continue to be one of the worst shooters in the league.
There really is no trick to this. When a 40% shooter shoots a lot he will have some days where he scores a lot and then a lot of days where he misses a lot. This is just one of the good days. Until he gets to the line he can never be a really good scorer. And since he doesn't do much more than shoot, there really is little hope for Beasley.
You invalidated your points when you said you didn't watch the game. Beasley put them on his back in the 4th quarter and couldn't be stopped, he got to the rim, hit the pull-up Js and wasn't a liability defensively. None of his buckets in the 4th were easy, he was finishing over the Lakers bigs and playing great. He's been on a stretch where he's been shooting well since Gentry is gone, let him get comfortable before you say there's no hope still. I maintain that health and opportunity have been the main things holding back Beasley from being a 20ppg scorer consistently.
Timberwolves ought to bring him back, he was really well liked here, and his style of play isn't injury prone.. Yes I know the wolves have a bunch of SF/PF types but Beasley is better than Cunningham who is getting 30 minutes a night with Love down and there is nobody on the Wolves roster who can consistently score in isolation which has been killing them down the stretch in games...
I have long been one of Beasley's biggest fans and last nights game was a joy to watch. He completely took it over and proved once again that he has the potential to be a go-to scorer in the NBA. However, here is my problem with Beasley, if his shot isn't falling then he is basically useless out there. One of the biggest questions I have about him is what the hell happened to his rebounding ability? This is a guy that average almost 13rpg during his lone year at K-State. Beasley can def win back the starting spot in Phoenix if he proves able to contribute in other aspects of the game other than scoring. I know he's capable, rebounding is almost always a trait that translates to the next level. Come on Beasley!!! I'm not ready to give up on you yet
Beasley's problem is that he falls in love with his jumper. He'll face up and iso, yet 8 times out of ten a contested jumper will be going up. ~80% of his shots are jumpers, yet he only has a 38%eFG on those jumpers. Combine that with the fact that he's not a passer and he has no position defensively, it's easy to see why he's struggled and why teams struggle with him.
It's not like he wasn't given a chance to start for the Suns either. He was brought in to be a feature scorer, starting 20 games to start the season. What did he do in that time? He shot 37% from the floor, grabbed less than 4 rebounds a game, avg'ed more TOs than Asts and played his usual horrible defense.
If you look at his numbers over the course of the season, he was one of the biggest negative impact players for someone who gets as many minutes as he does. His opponent on average outproduces him to the tune of 6+ points a game and the team is roughly 10 points better when he's off the floor.
its just one game... this guy has no desire to be great... its pretty evident.... he is what he is