This is going to be a doozy, as the Minnesota Timberwolves completely have a new look with intriguing upside and talent, there always seems to have been a problem with deciding who starts on this team.
Of course there always should be questions when a team hasn't won more than 24 games in a season in three years. So come and they have gone these power forwards that the Timberwolves have had, the likes of Mark Madsen, Craig Smith, oh yeah, and that guy Al Jefferson.
Last season, Al Jefferson was the bonafide starter, while undersized at center, he's more of a post up forward, and Kevin Love is your all star role player power forward. Al Jefferson is gone and it looks like Darko Milicic is going to start at center, meaning the power forward position is wide open. In enter's Michael Beasley, a tremendously talented power forward who can play small forward as well into the picture.
Now once again, there's a quarrel with the starting lineup between Beasley and Love. Some Wolves fans have speculated that the Wolves start Beasley at the three and Love at the four, but it remains to be seen if Beasley can play the small forward position effectively for long periods of time.
It's clear that he can still be effective against the Shane Battiers and slower threes in the league, but it remains to be seen against the super-quick Kevin Durants and LeBron Jameses in the league.
And if there's anything that Beasley wants to be, he wants to be in that top tier of player.
But you have Kevin Love, who won a gold medal this offseason, improved his rebounding (I know right), defense, passing ability (I know right) and overall attitude about being a leader. The fact of the matter is, if Beasley isn't the most talented player on the roster, it's a toss-up between Kevin Love and Wes Johnson, that could be a good thing.
Where the debate comes from?
Well I think Michael Beasley should start, and I don't think he should start at the 3 position.
Yes he can play that position, but numbers and simply on court performance will tell you that Beasley is a better four than he is a three. He causes serious matchup problems at the 4, and by being able to create his own shot, this means he can literally has the capability to carry a team.
Everyone makes the Wolves out to be a team lacking a superstar, but Beasley can be one. 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds in 30 MPG. That's not bad whatsoever, especially for a player that played in the shadow of Dwyane Wade who never had the chance to carry a team for a long period of time. Beasley needs the ball in his hands to be effective, and if the Wolves need a superstar, then they need to get the ball to Beasley and get out of his way.
I anticipate if it doesn't work by midseason, Kevin needs to start, and Beasley starts at the three.
Still there's always the idea of Beasley starting at the three, but if he cannot guard and score effectively, Love just might have to revert back to his bench role.
But that isn't neccasarily a bad thing. Kevin Love is a great player, but is he your starting 4 on your championship caliber team? We'll see. One thing that we do know is that he's a great spark plug off the bench because he doesn't require plays to be run for him, and he grabs EVERY rebound.
That's all for now.
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