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Without question, there hasn't been a more talented and more disappointing prospect drafted by the Miami Heat in the past five years than Michael Beasley.
A native of the great state of Maryland, Mr. Beasley came out of Kansas State University as an offensive monster. He could shoot jumpers with either hand, finish at the rim with either hand, snatch boards, shoot up close and from afar and was athletic.
His incredible talent and skill explains how he averaged 26.2 points per game with 12.4 boards as a freshman at KSU.
Leading up to the draft, there were murmurs about him being shorter than anticipated and questions of character, the latter of which has led to depressingly tough times off the court for Michael.
Around the time of the 2008 NBA draft, some scouts actually had Beasley as the No. 1 pick, but as we all know, Derrick Rose was picked first overall by the Chicago Bulls and Mike B was selected second by the Miami Heat.
Before he played a single game of ball for the Heat, Beasley, along with fellow rookie Mario Chalmers, were already getting into trouble.
Prior to the 2008-09 season, Beasley was expected to help a horrifically bad Miami Heat squad turn things around after a season spent with the likes of Blake Ahearn, Luke Jackson and Chris Quinn. He was expected to form an athletic trio that included D Wade, Shawn Marion and himself, but it never quite panned out that way.
Beasley and Wade never meshed, and Beasley wasn't a phenomenal passer, so it was either score or miss with every trip.
There were flashes of greatness here and there, but for every 20 and 10 game there were those nights he couldn't do anything on either end. Defensively, he was an extreme liability, and his inability to break out talent-wise caused great frustration with fans expecting him to make an instant impact.
After the Heat dealt with Beasley for two seasons, he was shipped away to Minnesota prior to LBJ's inaugural campaign with Miami.
Beasley then signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns, his current squad. Looking back on Beasley's time with Miami, it's apparent he has still failed to find his niche at the next level. Without question, Beasley might be one of the greatest talents the game has ever seen in recent memory but flat out cannot figure it out.
He currently averages 10.1 points and nearly four boards for the Suns, hardly what you'd expect from a second overall draft pick in his fifth year. But hey, busts happen.
Whether he'll ever get past his demons remains to be seen, but there are still some fans from Miami that occasionally ponder on what could've been had he panned out long-term for the Heat.