Welcome to Houston Michael Beasley! Well, Not So Much.
Before signing on with the Rockets, Beasley just finished his most successful season of his pro career. During his one year stint with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association, he was honored as the league’s Most Valuable Player averaging 31.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.0 steals.
Beasley’s talents have never been a concern. In Fact, every NBA team he has played for Beasley made an impact. During his seven-year NBA career, he is averaging 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Which is pretty solid for a player who has had a rocky NBA career.
Although it is nice to have Beasley back in the league, there are some concerns about his role in Clutch City. Beasley has proven to be a high-quality scorer but lacks the one talent the Rockets need the most. DEFENSE! Despite being one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams, it’s crazy that the Rockets are still thinking offense with this move.
Throughout his career, Beasley is known to have a lack of focus on the defensive end. During his two seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Bleacher Report‘s Danny Dukker once called Beasley the worst defender on the Suns roster.
Unfortunately, defense isn’t the only concern about Beasley’s signing. At 6’9 235 pounds, he would give the Rockets an additional stretch four who can play both inside and outside. The problem is, how J.B. Bickerstaff will fit Beasley into the rotation?
Beasley plays the same position as Terrence Jones, Clint Capela, Josh Smith, and Donatas Motiejūnas. Adding the sixth power forward to the roster isn’t a smart idea. Somebody will have to sacrifice their minutes in order for Beasley to make a contribution to the team.
Perhaps, Jones or Motiejūnas will see a decrease in their playing time, the same way Capela’s role reduced after Josh Smith was reacquired a month ago. As for Rockets rookie Montrezl Harrell he should ask to go back to the D-League so his talents will not rot on the bench.
While this may look like a great move for the Rockets, it can also lead to disaster. There are enough problems in Houston this season. Unfortunately acquiring Michael Beasley isn’t going to help anything. Hopefully, I am wrong, but the Rockets have added nothing special to their roster.
Welcome to Houston Michael Beasley!
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