Two players showing how good they are after leaving the HEAT
The HEAT's culture is undoubtedly a tough environment to get acclimated to especially as an extremely young player coming into the league. So it comes as no surprise that two former HEAT players are coming into their own this season since departing Miami.
The first being Wright and the other is forward Michael Beasley, the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, who is showing all the signs of becoming a franchise player down the road for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Both players are now on rosters bristling with youth and have seemed to settle down after finding a comfort zone playing with their peers as opposed to being the youngsters on veteran laden teams.
"For me, in my case it was veteran guys," said Wright on his inability to find consistent minutes early in his career with the HEAT. "With Beasley being the number two pick they wanted him to come in right away and produce. You know it's kind of tough coming from one year of college being 19 years old. A lot of people don't understand you're just not going to adapt just like that unless you're LeBron (James). Especially there (in Miami's culture) because it's such a tough system to know on the defensive end - you have to really pay attention.
"There is so much detail (in Miami) down to the numbers. It's kind of tough. When you're in Miami you have to perfect a role because it's not you just doing everything. You have to perfect that one role. If you're going to be a spot up shooter then that's what you do. If you're going to be a defender then that's what you're there for. If you're going to be a facilitator then that's what you're there for. I think they do a good job with letting guys know what their role is and they have a good coaching staff that works on individual skills, so that's why guys always do well once they leave (Miami's system)."
Despite the Warriors currently playing under .500 it's important to note the squad has endured a plethora of early season injuries to players expected to hold down major roles. One of the constants for Golden State this season has been Wright and he's deservedly receiving buzz for the league's Most Improved Player award. While some guys may wrongfully perceive the award as somewhat of a slight believing they have already arrived, Wright thinks the recognition from receiving the trophy would be a testament to hard work and perseverance.
"Yeah I'd definitely be honored," said Wright to HOOPSWORLD if he were selected to win the award. "With just all the things I've been through (whether) it was injuries or waiting my time and finally getting an opportunity to play. I think that it would be great, but my main focus right now is winning, staying healthy and being consistent
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Dorrell wright has been playin excellent basketball this season from wat ive been seeing. I didnt even know he was as skilled as he was. And he plays very under conntrol. dwayne wade handled the ball so much in miami that it was pretty difficult for other players to shine. In beasleys case i think we always knew he could play and score well. He jus needed to go sumwhere where its less pressure. cominginto miami he was expected to make them a contender and it was just too much for him. im glad for these guys
Neither Wright nor Beasley have proven to play winning basketball. Don't get me wrong, glad they are carving a niche for themselves, but people always act like the Heat messed up with letting them go.
Beasley was always going to be a 20 ppg scorer. Minnesota has nothing but shots for him, and he is still young. He was the one, of the two, I sort of hoped the Heat would find a way to keep. But I'm very ok with our roster now, especially on the wing.
Not at C, and PG, not so much but Chalmers has been decent.
I always thought Wright was a good baller coming out of high school. Glad it finally showed this season. Beasley isn't a surprise since he got the skills to do it.
Dorrell is overacheiving in Golden State...The Warriors have made so many D-League cast-offs ,look like solid NBA players in that system...
Beasley though, could've averaged 20 points a game with the Heat...But he was immature and wasnt focus,he had to hit a few rough spots...And living in a party town like Miami didnt help...Plus they told him,if he wanted playing time he had to be a better defender and Beasley isnt a great defender and that took away from him being aggressive on offense.....
he doesnt wanna play d all the time or rebound at a high level people act like hes the second coming simply because hes scoring 20 a game on a bum team congrats on getting so much hype for being a one dimensional player
"A lot of people don't understand you're just not going to adapt just like that unless you're LeBron (James). Especially there (in Miami's culture) because it's such a tough system to know on the defensive end - you have to really pay attention."
Who could have guessed that the radical Heat culture that believes playing defense is connected with winning basketball actually requires work? It is amazing how easy it is for players to stay on the floor and put up numbers when they aren't asked to play defense. It just so happens to come at the cost of being on a 12-19 or 8-25 team.
"Two players showing how good they are after leaving the HEAT"
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"Heat proving they dont need black hole scorers to win games"
Beasley has become the main option on a losing team but unless the T-Wolves start improving then he is really just a glorified stats padder as his efforts are really for nothing. Getting out of Miami was probably good for Beasley as there would have been no real role for him in the current line up unless he was a 6th man scorer which a team with D-Wade and LeBron don't really need.
Hopefully Beasley is maturing off court as well as on it as this could actually determine his long term NBA success be it with the T-Wolves or elsewhere.
Can't play winning basketball when you are not on a winning team. Some say "well you have to lead you're team to wins" but they discount that you have to have good teammates to do so. You don't just win on you're own. Kobe is one of the best players ever and when he had that bad team he couldn't even get them to the playoffs so that tells you right there you need teammates. All these young good players like Rose,Westbrook have a very good team around them, Guys that play well together. Eric Gordan has been a loser every since he has been in the NBA but does that mean he isn''t one of the top SG in the NBA? Nope that says he hasn't had a good team. Same with KG when the Twolves weren't good. Al Jefferson, If you look through history you will find some good players(some HOF) who have been on bad teams for more than a year but the NBA still recognized them as good players
It's the same on every level. You have some High school kids on bad teams who are good players who make it to college and the NBA, you have good players on Bad college teams who make it to the NBA or Europe. Being on a bad team doesn't make you a bad player
beasley will never be a franchise player... hes one dimensional. doesnt play d wright is solid but he plays in a glorified system where guys like reggie williams can start and score 20-25 every so often or anthony tolliver can score 30 points every so often (last season)
Beasley plays as much D as just about all the starting Sf in the NBA most of them aren't very good defenders just like alot of AllStars. I think people think alot of good players are very good defenders when its actually the opposite. Beasley doesn't give up many more or less points then other NBA starting SF. As far as one dimensional He is ranked fourth in pts/reb/ast among small forwards. That's pretty one dimensional
Wright also struggled with knee injuries while in Miami.
He looks like he's finally healthy now.
Beasley turns it over to much and needs major work on his defense and the thing is the T-Wolves arent and wont have a franchise player with Rambis. Each of the starters will have the same value like milicic and wes johnson will be on the same scale as love,beasley, and rubio
Like i said before Beasley isn't giving up much more or less points then other Starting SF. As far as turnovers He's turning it over at 2.7 a game which isn't that bad for a scorer. Durant averages more turnovers as well as Amare,Granger, and LeBron as far as Forwards. Paul P,Dirk,Josh Smith,Lamar Odom also average 2 or more turnovers a game
kurt rambis is a FAIL at the coach position....IF BEASLEY AND LOVE DONT PLAY FOR THEM THEY WOULDNT HAVE A SINGLE WIN IN THIS SEASON....i can bet in my life that wolves would be alot better with another coach...i think that he as a coach dont understand that triangle system $hit offense...i mean there are alot of types of coaches and he is trying to be like one of the best ever... leave triangle to phil kurt,be yourself...and kahn if you have brain hire mike woodson or mike brown ...