Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose both kicked off their NBA career yesterday in Summer League action. Beasley and Mario Chalmers led the Heat past the Chicago Bulls in the first pro game for all three rookies.
Michael Beasley dominated most of the game, and finished with 28 points and nine rebounds in only 23 minutes. Beasley was asked how he performed, and he gave himself a C.
Beasley looked very "tall" on defense and when rebounding. One issue teams had with Michael is that he only measured 6'8'' with shoes on at the NBA rookie combine. He was matched up against the Bulls Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah, and never showed signs that he was smaller.
Keith Askins did limit the time of Beasley, because he had three fouls in the first half. Riley then reminded the Heat summer league head coach that there is no fouling out in these games.
The Miami Heat are searching for a point guard to start for them this year, and may have found one in the second round of the draft. Mario Chalmers was able to shut down Derrick Rose and force him into five turnovers.
Chalmers, acquired in a draft day trade for two future second-round picks from the Minnesota Timberwolves, finished with 11 points, six assists and six steals, while only committing one turnover.
He may have been the better point guard in his first game for the Miami Heat. The Heat will be looking very closely at what Chalmers can do in the upcoming days, while they have four more summer league games in four days.
While Rose struggled, but showed signs of one day being a star, the Heat rookies looked very impressive. Rose showed signs of why he was the number one pick; he was very quick with the ball to the basket.
In transition, he was the first man to the basket every time. Rose had his moments, but did finish with only 10 points, five assists, and five turnovers. Who have thought that Derrick rose would have a 1-1 assist to turnover ratio, while Chalmers would produce a 6-1 in their first games as pros?
While the Heat rookies had very productive stats in their first games, the most important lesson that this Heat team must learn is the way of winning again. The Heat forgot how to win last year, and these rookies are already reminding them how.