Three Of A Kind: Rose, Mayo, and Beasley Finding Their Own Ways

Sean StancillSenior Writer INovember 17, 2008

As foreshadowed since their All-American outings as collegiate students, the trio of Micheal Beasley, O.J. Mayo, and Derrick Rose has been simply thrashing opposition.

Each made appearances in the all-important NCAA Tournament, with Mayo clashing with Beasley and Micheal walking away the victor and Rose puppeteering Memphis to the National Championship game.


After stellar freshman seasons, all three prematurely entered the 2008 Draft and were chosen 1-2-3 by teams who won fewer than 35 games that year.


With the Summer League, Preseason, and the first 10 games of their career under their belt, here is how they have fared:


Michael Beasley


Beasley a component of the ever-changing Heat regime has averaged 16.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 1.6 APG so far this season.


While Beasley hasn’t yet posted the outlandish numbers people are vicariously accustomed to since his Wildcats’ days, the 6'10" Swiss army knife has still been incredibly effective. Beasley has been torching his own division (Southeast) averaging 22 PPG, five RPG, and one BPG, the highest vendetta against of any rookie against any division in the league.


Though the Heat’ are 1-2 against their division mates this season despite Michael’s numbers, the faults are attributed to Dwayne Wade. In Miami’s two losses, Wade shot 18-46 (39.1%) from the field.


The Kansas State alum is also shooting 91 percent against last year’s playoff teams featuring a 20-8-2-2 performance against the Spurs, in which he went 10-10 from the line.


Miami is 5-5 with Michael Beasley at power forward.


O.J. Mayo


Leading the Grizzlies in scoring, Mayo has had back-to-back 30+ point games against the Nuggets and Suns and has shredded competition all year long posting 20+ points in five of his first 10 games. His 21 PPG average is ranks supreme among all first year players and is a gram short of last year’s ROY winner Kevin Durant whose average is 21.1 PPG. 


Depicted as a sheer scorer, Mayo has also been effective in the passing lanes ranking second in the West in steals and tied for third with Rose in the NBA (among rookies).


Mayo is averaging 21 PPG, 4.6 APG, and 2.4 APG, ten games into the season.


The Grizzlies are 3-7 with rookie O.J. Mayo starting at the two-guard position.


Derrick Rose


Reforming the Chicago Bulls’ offense would be no easy task for a first year player, unless your 6'3" juggernaut Derrick Rose.


Quarterbacking the Windy City’s pride, the No.1 overall draft pick in June has transformed the Bulls’ offense into an entertaining fast-paced extravaganza.


The Bulls rank first in the NBA in assortment of categories: +19.9 in backcourt efficiency and +13 perimeter scoring this season.


Rose has also increased Chicago’s points per game average, steals per game average, free throw percentage, and has lessened their turnover average.


Let’s just call it the “Derrick Rose effect”, understatement or not.

Rose has compiled four 20+ point games, including a 26 point-10 rebound demonstration in a narrow loss against the then 6-0 Atlanta Hawks.


Derrick is also first (among rookies) in assists and rebounding by a point guard and second in the Eastern Conference at five boards per game. T-3rd in steals and sixth in point guard efficiency.


Chicago opened the year playing six of the eight playoff teams last season and so far has escaped with two wins over Dallas and Phoenix, the first team to win eight games in the Western Conference.


Rose is averaging 18.9 PPG, 5.6 APG, 5 RPG, and 1.2 SPG, ten games into the season.


The Chicago Bulls are 5-5 with Derrick Rose leading their offense with their next game against the defending Western Conference Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.



The trio are the only three rookies this season to score in double-figures in each of their games and each are shooting over 80 percent from the free throw line, with Mayo leading the way at 88.6% percent


Each dominates a different and equally important facet of the game—Rose assisting, Mayo scoring, and Beasley taking care of rebounding. 


As expected, each has been great to their teams and their franchises.



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