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Michael Beasley excited for tabula rasa in Phoenix

Aug 9, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

Michael Beasley AP

Sometimes a guy landing in a new place is the impetus needed for change.

Sometimes, it’s the same crap in a different place.

We’ll see with Michael Beasley. He was the No. 2 pick of the Heat but they were willing to let him go after a couple years. He moved on to Minnesota and they wanted him gone after last season. He can score — he has averaged has averaged 15.1 points per game in his four NBA seasons — but has been an inefficient volume shooter to get there. Combine that with questions about his defense and off-the-court activities and let’s just say he needs a fresh start.

At least he is saying all the right things as he moves on to Phoenix, as he did to Hoopsworld.

“This is a new beginning for me in Phoenix,” Beasley said. “I’m excited. The Suns are a great fit for me. They look to get out and run some, which I’m accustomed to doing. The fans have embraced me and I look forward to contributing this season.”

The Suns gave Beasley three years, $18 million total, which is more than a lot of teams would have offered. But with Steve Nash gone the Suns need buckets, and Beasley can get them. He will have a green light all the time.

The Suns will remain an up-tempo team, with Goran Dragic running the show now. That should benefit Beasley, too. Should.

But he’s going to have to show it on and off the court before people start to buy into him in again.

  1. shockexchange - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Looking forward to Beasley putting up numbers in Phoenix.

    • bougin89 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      I think he will, the only question is if he can get his numbers efficiently.

      • shockexchange - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        I think B-Easy has a lot to prove. He reads the blogs ripping him at every turn (all in the name of website hits) and the comparisons to D. Rose. B-Easy let those things fuel you in the offseason and come out and play like a (LT voice) crazed dog and silence your doubters.

  2. gmsalpha - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    I know the consensus was that Rose was better than Beasley, but for there to even have been a discussion about the two seems utterly preposterous right now.

    If the Bulls had somehow messed up and chosen The Beez, imagine how different the Heat would be.

    • chicitybulls - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      If you’re thinking they would have Rose, Wade, James and Bosh that would not have happened. They wouldn’t have had the money. They all would’ve had to taken HUGE pay cuts. Plus Rose’s extention kicks in this year meaning it would have to be Rose and 1 (maaaaybe 2) of the other 3. But that didn’t happen and Rose is where he belongs. In his home town. Playing for the team he cheered for and watched win 6 championships growing up.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Or imagine if the Heat had won the lottery that year.

      Suffice to say, either there would be no Heat Big 3 since the Heat would have gone even further in the playoffs in 2008 and 2009 with Wade and Rose, and Rose would be due for a max-contract, as opposed to how the Heat just let the disappointing Beasley walk.

      LeBron might have ended up staying in Cleveland, or gone to the Knicks or the Bulls.
      Bosh would either have gone with LeBron or Wade. Carmelo might still be with Denver. Etc.

      Amazing how a difference in one draft pick would have re-shuffled a half-dozen superstars.

  3. adoombray - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    B-Easy won’t have to do it all.The Suns have had a great offseason overall and have added alot of talent all over the roster. 4 new players in the starting lineup. Dragic/Wes Johnson/Beasly/Scola/Gortat is at least a 6-8 seed and better if luck is with them. If he can just learn to dish the rock to someone else when its a bad look, he’s going to look very good.

    • brewdogg - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Ummm…. Well, Johnson and Beasley were with Rubio, Love, and Pek on the Wolves, and they didn’t make the playoffs. Don’t get your hopes up. There’s a good reason the Wolves included them in their big turnover this offseason.

      • johnmindiola - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

        Good call, brewdogg. Wes Johnson did little to impress the TWolves, and Beasley was never fully engaged. I can see the new Suns line-up running a lot, but I don’t seem them making any noise.

    • nitroglyphics - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:16 AM

      Lakers, Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Memphis, Dallas, Utah, GS, Minnesota, Houston, and Denver. Which four of those teams do you see finishing below the Suns this year?

  4. phx1311 - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    I know a kurt article when i see one lol……I love what my suns have done this off season. And as much as i love Nash, it was time for a change. Lets Go Suns!!!

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