Before Game 1 even started on Thursday, there was a small rumor floating across the World Wide Web that caught my eye. The Heat are giving up on Michael Beasley and they ‘supposedly’ offered Beasley for Keyon Dooling. Of course, there is probably no truth to that rumor. However, if the Heat are really willing to deal Beasley would they be interested in another hot head like JR Smith?
The article stated that the Heat were willing to deal Beasley to cut cap room, however would a dangerous player like JR Smith interest Miami as being D-Wade’s Batman? Something that Beasley failed at and an offer of the rights to Linas Kleiza and JR for Beasley and Daequan Cook would probably work for both squads.
The truth of the matter is I’m not a fan of Beasley and I wasn’t a fan of him going into the 2008 Draft. His arrogance rubbed me the wrong way. However, I found a video of Beasley working out and the dude works hard and I believe work ethic sets the good from the great and great from the best. And JR never really developed that hard-working attitude.
Watching him in Miami, Beasley never succeeded as the No. 2 for the Heat. But in Denver he would be a No. 3 or 4 option or even the top player off the bench. Beasley is listed at 6-foot-10 and can play both forward positions with ease. He was compared to Carmelo Anthony going into the Draft, only larger. Both struggled on defense, but Beasley has far more potential on that side of the ball than ‘Melo. He also is ambidextrous which makes valuable. However, that is the only part of his game that should even compare to Melo. He doesn’t have that star demeanor that Anthony and the other stars have in the League.
The one big advantage that he has over JR is his consistency, but he lacks the big play game that JR brings. He is also a good scorer, but not great.
Statistically the two are very similar:
- Beasley 14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists .450 FG percent, .275 3-point percent, .80 free throws
- Smith 15.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists .414 FG percent, .338 3-point percent, .706 free throws
How hard was it to sit there and watch another Lakers-Celtics NBA Final? Just to know the Nuggets are up close, but not so close at the same time.
They have one part of puzzle taking care, and that is the stars – Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony. And they have some two very nice young players in Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson. Lawson has potential to make a Rajon Rondo type leap. Outside of that, there is still questions.
Nene isn’t bad in the post, but he isn’t great either. Kenyon Martin will always be a strong defender, but will he always be healthy? Will JR Smith ever be consistent or can the Nuggets find a consistent threat under the bench.
Sadly these are questions the Nuggets are asking while the Lakers and Celtics are playing.