Former Miami Heat top draft pick Michael Beasley is back in the NBA… once again. As a replacement for the ravaged Brooklyn Nets, his saga continues.
The Miami Heat are one of the best teams and organizations in the NBA when it comes to personnel, scouting, developing, and knowing how to deploy their players. Even they though are prone to an error or two every now and again.
Because of how high the guy in question was drafted when they did draft him in 2008, the second overall pick behind Derrick Rose to the Chicago Bulls, it was a miss. That doesn’t mean that Michael Beasley has been a total failure though.
Through it all, he has still managed to play a grand total of 609 games in the league across 11 seasons. He last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers during last year, the 2018-19 season, averaging seven points, 2.3 rebounds, and one assist across just 10 minutes per contest.
He last played professional basketball for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
We guess someone in the NBA did need him at this point though, a question that we asked a week or so back. Again, apparently so, as Beasley is back!
Or, you could take the approach that Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel took as he exclaimed that we now have a little “Beasley in the bubble!” Well put, Mr. Winderman, well put indeed.
Here’s the thing, you have to be happy for a guy like Michael Beasley. With all the expectation that was heaped on him coming out of Kansas State, rightfully so based on his talent level and what he did in college, he hasn’t quite managed to live up to those lofty standards by some people’s logic.
He has still managed to carve out a really decent professional basketball career in multiple leagues and guess what? He just keeps finding a way to do it. I guess talent really does win out.
That’s especially true when you consider the fact that even in his return as a replacement guy for a ravaged Brooklyn Nets team, he still has to serve a five-game suspension from his last stint in the league before playing. The Nets still signed him. That’s real talent if you ask me, real desperation, or some wickedly timely combination of both.
Again, we are happy to see the guy back playing pro ball at the highest possible level. Good for him, as long as he doesn’t randomly torch the Miami Heat, like he is fully capable of doing once he heats up on one of these random bubble nights.
Either way though, it might just be cool to see. These are all the reasons why you just have to feel good for Michael Beasley