Michael Beasley Drafted Second; Seventh in ROY Voting

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIApril 22, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 19: Michael Beasley #30 of the Miami Heat reacts after losing to the Atlanta Hawks during Game One of the First Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 19, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks defeated the Heat 90-64. 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 Doug Benc/Getty Images)

No surprise here.

Well not anymore anyways.

After entering the season with huge expectations, Michael Beasley has finished 7th in Rookie of the Year voting.

Derrick Rose was the runaway winner after having a stellar first year in the NBA.

The Miami Heat's first round pick, and second overall pick in the draft, finished behind players such as O.J. Mayo, Brook Lopez, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, and Kevin Love.

Many will see this as the Miami Heat making a mistake in the NBA draft. Well its not their fault the lottery prevented them from drafting Derrick Rose. But let us take a look at what Beasley did this year.

He averaged 14 points, over five boards, and one assist in 25 minutes a game.

Derrick Rose averaged 17 points, four rebounds, and six assists in 37 minutes a game.

When comparing the two it is easily identifiable that Rose had a more rounded year. But notice that Rose averaged 12 more minutes a game than Beasley.

I am not trying to take anything away from Rose. Rose had a much bigger impact on his team than Michael Beasley did. Dwyane Wade took the Miami Heat to the playoffs; Derrick Rose did that for the Chicago Bulls.

What I am saying is that Beasley is not as bad as people make him out to be. If he played the 37 minutes a game Rose did he would have been on pace to score 21 points a game and bring down 7.5 boards a game.

Now tell me those numbers would not have put him in competition with Rose for Rookie of the Year.

In three games in April the Heat let Michael Beasley off his season long leash. They let him start. They let him play over 40 minutes.

In those three games Michael Beasley averaged 25 points and 13 boards. If he had done that across the course of the entire season that trophy would be his.

What held Michael Beasley back was not his talent, or getting accustomed to the NBA, but rather it was the coaching staff of the Miami Heat that decided to keep him as sixth man rather than a starter.

When they shared the same court for the Rookie-Sophomore game Beasley went for 29 points in 33 minutes while Rose only managed 4 in 20 minutes of time.

The Heat did not make a bad pick in taking Michael Beasley. In time I expect him to show that he is the best player from the 2009 Rookie Class.

For year one Rose is the victor. But give it time. Give it time.


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