It hasn’t been easy, but Michael Beasley has emerged as a key member of the Miami Heat’s rotation.
After resigning with the Heat after brief stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns, Beasley had to prove himself to the Heat team and coaches. That meant more than just scoring points. Beasley, who’s had his off the court troubles, had to buy in to the Heat mentality.
After playing in just two of the team’s first five games, “B-Easy” has played major minutes in each of the last five. Beasley is averaging 19.4 minutes and 12 points in the last five games for Miami. Plus, Beasley, who hasn’t shot better than 45 percent since his rookie year, is shooting .561 from the floor so far this season. Besides the points, he’s showed a willingness to lay defense, rebound and make hustle plays.
All in all, he’s been nothing but impressive. He’s been exactly what the Heat needed him to be. With Beasley on the floor, Erik Spoelstra can sit LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and still keep a shot creator on the wing. For a Heat team whose primary regular-season goal is to enter the playoffs healthy, Beasley has emerged as an extremely important cog.