Michael Beasley: The Future of the Miami Heat?

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 12:  Michael Beasley #30 of the Sophomore team goes up for a dunk against the Rookie team during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center on February 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Unlike the Cavaliers, Nuggets, or even Lakers, the Miami Heat retains a future superstar in Michael Beasley. The thought of the departure of Dwyane Wade causes most Heat fans to cringe inside.

Since the summer is not here yet, and Wade has made no decision on whether or not to return, I would like to notify you about another Miami Heat not named Dwyane Wade.

Michael Beasley, the 6’8’’ forward that is a rising star for this Miami Heat team. When you discuss Michael Beasley, you may hear people whine about his defensive intensity.

Oh you can get on Beasley about his lack of defense, but tell me, does Carmelo or Durant play aggressive defense? No, not to mention they are considered to be one of the top forwards in the league.

They are solid on the defensive end, and just like most players in early stages of their career, the defensive intensity has not picked up yet.

Once a Kansas State Wildcat superstar, now he is bringing that same level of intensity to this Miami Heat team.

I can surely tell you that Beasley is very talented on the offensive side of the ball. Rather than ravage his offensive talent, when presented with minutes, Beasley displayed his complete arsenal to fans across the nation.

Beasley has a great mid-range game. Normally you will witness Beasley pulling up for the mid-range jumper more often than not, although he will never settle with his jump shooting. He is becoming more aggressive with the ball. Driving the lane more often than he usually does.

Beasley can abuse you from any part of the court. There is no preference for a player of his caliber. He can torch the nets from the right or left side—from the post or the arc, it doesn’t matter.

What dazzles me the most about Beasley’s game is his rebounding capability.

You would think a flashy player such as Beasley would like to stick it to the defense by leaving his hand up, fading away, or backing up as if he makes every shot. But that’s where you are wrong. Beasley is constantly around the rim looking for the clean-up buckets.

Another aspect of his game that intriguing is his offensive spacing.

In any kind of basketball game, spacing is the key to every offensive set. If you are in too tight the lanes are not open and the likely hood of you clogging the middle is very achievable. Now, if your offensive set is more extended the likely hood of the middle being clogged is very slim, and this is where Beasley game transcends.

On offense, Michael Beasley will catch the ball, whether in the post or outside the paint he is always looking to generate space. In the post, he is very alert looking over his shoulder to make sure if it’s enough space to operate. He prefers to start on the arc because it provides more space already to execute.

Now he has the defender in no man’s land and the defender only has two options. They could come out tight, or let him shoot the jumper. But when you come out tight he will blow right passed you, and his mid-range game is solid so you cannot enable him to shoot all game.

Not to mention the way he plays the game with so much aspiration is a reason he is such a potent athlete. That provides Beasley with the intellect of an offensive mastermind.

When Dwyane Wade is not playing, Michael Beasley is the one to step up. In fact, when Wade is not in the lineup Beasley accumulates 18.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 assist, and shooting 46 percent from the field highlighted by 30.2 minutes per game.

Those numbers are all higher than his career statistics.

Although Beasley is a great talent, he still has a lot to learn before he serves as a leader of this team. The offense was just a start, now it’s time to finish off with defense and consistency. Two key tendencies a leader must have to excel.

Look out for Michael Beasley in the future. He will be one of the upcoming stars in this league as the future approaches.


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