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Right now, the Michael Beasley signing definitely looks like a failed experiment. In fact, it might be one of the team's worst signings in history.
This season, Beasley is averaging 10.4 points and 3.6 rebounds a game while shooting 38 percent from the field. He also has a PER of 10.4, and he's posting career-low numbers in a lot of other statistics across the board. This awful performance from Beasley so far ultimately led to his benching several games ago.
So with that being said, nobody really expects Beasley to return to form or be an All-Star caliber player. But it can't get much worse than this, can it?
If Beasley is serious about having a successful NBA career, he will need to work extremely hard on his game. But there are also a few easy fixes that should help him improve right now.
For one, Beasley has to use his athleticism as a strength. Beasley has the ability to take the ball inside, and he isn't doing that nearly enough. Instead, he is settling for mid-range and three-point jump shots.
In his rookie season, Beasley averaged 1.5 three-point attempts per 36 minutes. Now, he's averaging 3.7 attempts per 36 minutes, which is way too high for someone shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc.
Also, the Suns need to put Beasley at power forward a lot more. This season, the Suns have outscored their opponents by 19 points with Beasley at power forward, but have been outscored by 177 points with him playing small forward.
While playing power forward, Beasley averages 21 points and 13 rebounds per 36 minutes while posting a 12.9 PER, which is a huge improvement over his play at small forward.
Beasley may look bad right now, but it seems impossible that someone with so much potential could struggle so much for a full season. It isn't time to give up on him yet, and hopefully he can change his ways in 2013.