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Dwyane Wade says Michael Beasley can be great, if….

Dec 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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The question is not raw talent. Michael Beasley has plenty of that. You don’t get drafted No. 2 overall without signs of serious potential.

But Beasley has never come anywhere near that potential.

As the Miami Heat — the team that drafted Beasley — are about to take him and his new Timberwolves team on, the Palm Beach Post asked Dwyane Wade about Beasley and how good he could be. The answer is it’s up to Beasley.

“Michael is an unbelievable talent,” Wade said. “And he can erupt any game, any moment. The ability that he has to use both hands around the basket, finishing. His jumpshot. He has all the tools. With Michael, it’s just going to take him to continue to grow at the game, and get to a winning environment, and start understanding what his team needs from him. I mean, he’s a good player. He’s one of the best young talents that we have in the game. But he has the potential to be a great player. If he wants it. And that’s what we always told him in Miami. So we’ll see.”

What Wade is politely talking about is dedication to the game. That has never been questioned with Wade — he will do whatever it takes in the offseason to be ready for the season’s start. He takes care of his body, he studies tape, he is committed to the game and winning. Beasley, to be polite, lacks that.

Beasley is not terrible — he’s averaging 19.5 points per game — but he only scratches the surface of what could be. It’s not the physical tools, it’s the mental ones that are questioned, it’s his efficiency that is in doubt. He is shooting just 44 percent this young season. His PER has always hovered around the league average.

Beasley has physical skills well beyond just average. But there are more than financial reasons the Heat wanted to move him a couple years ago.

  1. Nbeaulieu - Dec 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Not to mention his obvious and frequent recreational use of marijuana

    • pudgalvin - Dec 31, 2011 at 12:21 AM

      Him and 300 other NBA players.

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Yeah, everyone already knows this. Has known it.
    Oh, WADE said it. My bad.

  3. ogre2010 - Dec 30, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    @ goforthanddie: you know that Kurt has a man crush on the Miami Big 3

  4. bparmalee - Dec 30, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Beasley is a bigger Isaiah Rider/Stephon Marbury. He will always be a volume shooter on a bad team. Lets not forget the Heat gave this guy away for a 2nd round pick with only the T-Wolves biting.

    • brewdogg - Jan 2, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      While I don’t discount your assessment of the situation….. they needed to move his contract. They could not take on players or a 1st-round pick in exchange. Why the Timberwolves were the other player, I don’t know. But he would have been moved to somebody for the exact same compensation.

      Maybe it was simply that the Wolves had the highest 2nd-round pick to offer…..

  5. brtdud7 - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Wade also said Chris Bosh can be great, but he’ll have to ride the coattail of THREE superstars to do it

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