During the last of-season, the always dependent Phoenix Suns front office signed Michael Beasley to a 3 year contract. The hopes of Beasley averaging 25 points per game and grabbing 7 boards per game quickly vanished and Suns fans were left with...well of course a Michael Beasley. Amid fans calling for Beasley's head, and a coach losing trust in him, we began to see less and less of Beasley every game. In a drastic turn of events, Alvin Gentry was fired and inserted was a man new to coaching, Lindsey Hunter.
With Beasley seeing more minutes under the new head coach, he started to gain more confidence and started to play at a better and a more cosistant level. Consistant for Beasley is not much, but fans can still see a a more concentrated and confident player. As a realist, I do not expect Beasley to meet the expectation the most desperate Suns fans like myself have, or the expectaions heaped on him in his rookie year, but i am still an advocate for Beasley to play 36 plus minutes per game.
We do not want Beasley to be a Childress, and sit on the bench while collectining millions of dollars. Think ABOUT IT, Dudley has reached his ceilling and has no potential. Dudley is at best a fourth scoring option on a championship team. Even though i love seeing the junkyard dog, i believe he should be traded while while his trade value is high. We can get some goodies for him. This might be a bitter pill for Suns fans to swallow, but it have to be done.
With Dudley gone, there is no one to contest Beasley for the 3 spot and he will be forced to step up to the plate every game. THINK ABOUT IT...if Beasley succeeds and taps into his potential, the future of the suns will look a little brighter for the next season.If he fails, the suns will be deeper in the draft, and our chances of netting a Shabazz or Mclemore will be higher. Trust me, we will not be getting neither of these two players with the seventh draft pic.
If Beasley can tap into his potential, he can be a "messiah" for the Suns in the upcoming seasons, but if not and still remains the Beasley that we know and expect, he will be the "messiah" for gifting us a top three draft pick. Beasley playing more minutes might be finally forced to develop or maybe not, but either way it is win win situation for the Suns. If he taps into his potential, fans will have something to look for in the upcoming season, but if not he will play us into a top three draft.
What will Beasley be a "messiah" who can not be controlled by defenders or a "messiah" who will lead us to a better draft pick.