If Michael Beasley Becomes Involved, Can Minnesota Timberwolves Make Playoffs?

Kaleb SmithCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 1: Michael Beasley #8 of Minnesota Timberwolves shoots against Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat during the second half of a basketball game at Target Center on April 1, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Heat defeated the Timberwolves 111- 92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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The NBA revolves around increments of scoring, and for a team to be truly successful, they have to have a minimum of two scoring threats.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have only one in the form of power forward Kevin Love.

As the Wolves continue to battle through the remainder of the season, a second scoring treat needs to step up.

Luke Ridnour has shown the capability of strong shooting performances, yet he lacks the extra push at times. Wes Johnson, Martell Webster and Derrick Williams have had too many problems with inconsistency and have evolved in streaks.

Where has the team's second leading scorer of last year been?

Michael Beasley it is time for a wake up call.

The team needs a legitimate and consistent scoring threat.  

Beasley has that ability.

Last season Beasley averaged 19.2 points a game, yet in a lofty season has only produced an average of 11.8 points per game.

If the lefty can elevate and become an instrument of the offense, rather than an isolation player, the Timberwolves might just have balanced the offense.

With Beasley as a second scoring threat, the pressure would be taken off Luke Ridnour, Derrick Williams, Nikola Pekovic, Martell Webster and Wes Johnson, allowing for a more fluid offensive attack.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could possibly use this strategy to propel themselves into the playoffs.