Michael Beasley: Alpha Wolf Is Still Years Away From Being a Marquee Player

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Michael Beasley: Alpha Wolf Is Still Years Away From Being a Marquee Player
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have two promising stars in Kevin Love and Michael Beasley. On one hand, you have the game's best rebounder, and another you have a hybrid offensive machine. The best part is that they are both under the age of 22.

Promising yes. Flawless? No way in basketball heaven are these two complete players. The Timberwolves online community have raved about the Timberwolves having their first alpha dog or "wolf," mainly being a player that can create his own shot and hit shots in the clutch.

This 21-year-old freak of skills has all of the intangibles to become a marquee player in the NBA, but he still has a long way to go, and it has become highly apparent in the last few games that Beasley's game is still growing.

Lets focus on the things that Beasley has to work on.

Shot Selection

Yes, Beasley can hit from all over the court, but it's when he shoots it is what upsets me at times. Sometimes Beasley get's it going and hits everything possible, but sometimes he forces it at the wrong time.

Don't get me wrong, he's a deadeye mid-range shooter, but as we've seen many times in the NBA, even the best don't have it going every night. That means its time to drive, time to get into the paint, time to post up. Beasley's much too talented to settle for jumpers every game.

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This is partly his teammates fault, but with Beasley drawing double teams, he has to become a more willing passer because quite frankly he's shown flashes of hitting his teammates, but he's doing it at the wrong times. His passes seem lackadasical, unmotivated, and he's not doing it nearly enough.

With the amount of attention that he's drawing, he makes the simple pass look complicated and it would really help if guys like Corey Brewer and Wes Johnson start hitting open shots.

Defensive Intensity

This just comes with time, but the Timberwolves are the worst team defensively regardless. It just comes with time.


He was a beast on the boards in college, so when Kevin Love goes out, Beasley needs to rebound the ball better. Averaging 7 rebounds from the small forward position will do.

While I don't expect Beasley to be called a marquee player anytime soon, there's no denying that he has the potential too. Beasley has been a scorer all of his life (except for Miami), but this is the NBA and what separates good from great is great talent with great intangibles.

Hopefully Beasley can make that jump because if he does, don't be surprised to put his name in the same sentence with Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, the other elite small forwards. If you had to name a guy that Beasley can be like by the end of the season, say Carmelo three years ago, or Danny Granger.

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