The Michael Beasley Debate: Power Forward, Small Forward, or Trading Chip

April 30th, 2010 by Michael Pinto Leave a reply »
Two of the most important issues for the Miami Heat this offseason will be how they value Michael Beasley, and, based on that value, how they formulate their plans for the 21-year-old power forward. 

Head coach Eric Spoelstra gave a public vote of confidence for the second-year player earlier this week, and there was no indication Beasley's future with the franchise is in jeopardy, but a lot can change between now and next season's trade deadline. 

Move beyond the fact that he sat out the second half of Game Five's season-ending loss to the Boston Celtics; one game alone doesn't make or break a player. After two years though, Beasley hasn't sold himself yet and that's troubling.

Especially when the likes of O.J. Mayo, Russell Westbrook, and Brook Lopez have each had more success on the court and were all drafted after Beasley. That has a lot to do with situations, minutes, and touches, but it doesn't stop you from wondering if the Heat should have gone a different route with the second-overall pick in the 2008 draft. 

Where do they go from here though? Does Beasley remain with the franchise and have the chance to develo ...

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