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Michael Beasley - SF/PF, 6'9, 235
New York Knicks - Signed as a free agent in August 2017
       Date of birth: 01/09/1989
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 2nd pick, 2008
     Out of: Kansas State
  NBA Experience: 9 years
  Hand: Left

From blog:

   2011 NBA Draft Diary

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   Deadline looms for these unguaranteed players

Miami - Michael Beasley and Roger Mason: The rejuvenated Beasley averages 10.7 points in only 18 minutes per contest and will not be cut. And while Mason is the logic cut to open up a roster spot should Miami see fit to do so - for someone like, say, Bynum - he is sufficiently capable in his role of low mistake three point shooter to merit sticking on his play alone.

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   How Roddy Buckets went from 40 points a night to NBA castoff

In the past four NBA seasons, there have been 208 occasions on which a player has scored 40 or more points - regular season and playoffs combined. Fifty-seven players have combined for those 208 outbursts, including such unlikely names such as Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles.

Most of the players are stars, or were stars at the time. Many still are. But some of those players have fallen from this intermittent grace so badly that they now only earn the minimum salary.

Despite their proven potency, Nick Young, Al Harrington, Anthony Morrow, Aaron Brooks and Michael Beasley are now earning as little as a player can - in the case of Beasley, not one dollar of this minimum is even guaranteed. This was agreed to less than three calendar years from his 42-point game, quite the backwards progression.

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   2017 NBA Manifesto

Michael Beasley
SF/PF, 6’9, 235lbs, 28 years old, 9 years of experience

Without quite hitting the highs of his career rejuvenation part-season of work with Houston last year, Beasley nevertheless had a good season. Back in NBA rotations, Beasley still got up the shots, but this time hit them at a career high .584% true shooting percentage, doing so still without a three-point stroke of note. Beasley shot 45.9% on jump shots, mostly from two, and sometimes out of isolation plays that were pretty welcomed considering the team’s overall personnel. Can’t seem to figure out Kidd’s defence, but at this point, oh well.

Player Plan: Expiring minimum salary contract. He represents good value as a bench player on one of those. But for more than that, he should probably be someone else’s.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 4th December 2017

We had chosen Beasley for this list prior to the Knicks’ last game, but his candidacy was buoyed by a late injury and scratch to Tim Hardaway Jr, a move which bumped Beasley up to the starting line-up. Beasley responded with another 21 point outing, looking very athletic in the process, and although those 21 points yielded only 24.1 fantasy points due to Beasley’s tendency to fill up only one part of the stat sheet, that is enough for strong fantasy value at this price.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 3rd December 2017

The only real differences between the Beasley of now and the Beasley of old are minutes, opportunity and reputation. Regardless of his career trajectory compared to earlier expectation, Beasley is the same core player that he ever was. Which means that, while it can be unclear how much he plays on any given night, it is known that when he does play, he will get up the shots.

After a six game stretch in which he played only 16 combined minutes, all of them garbage minutes in uncompetitive games, Beasley last Saturday played 36 minutes of the next contest and put up 30 points with 8 rebounds. It was, of course, a massively anomalous performance; Beasley had totalled only 41 points over the previous 12 games, and his second highest scoring output all season is a mere 11. But it speaks to what he is capable when he is given minutes, as he has subsequently been.

Now back in the rotation, Beasley’s quirky post-up, fallaway-two, dribble-drive game is suitably quirky as to be hard to defend. He will play, he will shoot, and he will probably score you a few fantasy points.

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