Last week, we took a look at the backcourt players on the verge of becoming NBA legends, so today, we continue with frontcourt players. I’m sure there will be some dissent from readers, but that’s fine. One thing about a list like this is that we won’t truly know its validity for at least several more seasons. By then I may have a different identity. In any case, the criteria to make the list is to have four or less seasons in the NBA and from there I look at statistics and potential.
Some players that I considered that didn’t make the top 10 include Greg Monroe, Nicolas Batum, Ed Davis, Tyler Hansbrough, Tiago Splitter, Jason Thompson, Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins, Thaddeus Young, DeAndre Jordan and Hasheem Thabeet (kidding). But, let’s now focus on those that did make the top 10.
10. Michael Beasley, Miami Heat (2008-10), Minnesota Timberwolves (2010-Present)
232 G; 15.9 PPG; 5.8 RPG; 2.2 APG; 0.5 3PTM; 45.7 FG%; 77.3 FT%; 0.8 SPG; 0.6 BPG; 16.2 PER
At this point Beasley is more known for his love of grass, intricate braids and face mushing at pro-am games, than his basketball skills. It’s too bad, since Super Cool Beas just came off a season where he averaged a career-high 19.2 points per contest. He complements teammate Kevin Love very well, but with the drafting of Derrick Williams, what will the Timberwolves rotation look like? I’ll assume Beasley will get the most minutes between he and Williams, if only to up his trade value.
I’m sure that Beasley isn’t the only one in the NBA that loves Mary Jane, but maybe he should ease up a bit, because last season saw him flash that skill set many people in the NBA fell in love with before he joined the Association. He showed his ability to score from anywhere on the court and a degree of maturity. Beasley has the talent to do damage and needs to stay motivated in order to truly succeed. He has the ability, and considering his youth, I’m betting on him building on last season’s success, whether it’s in Minny or not.
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