Michael Beasley
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Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Miami Heath Forward Michael Beasley has checked into a rehab for treatment for depression and possibly some sort of substance abuse.  He reached out for help with some bizarre tweets on his Twitter page, such as “Y do I feel like the whole world is against me…I can’t win for losin” and “Feelin like it’s not worth livin!!!!!!! I’m done.”  The situation seemed to spiral out of control following a picture on his Twitter page of his new tattoo.  Apparently you could see plastic baggies in the background, that were led to speculation of the contents.  Hopefully, he can control the demons and begin focusing on basketball again. 

With this development, Michael Beasley’s fantasy stock takes a hit.  If you were planning on keeping the second-year player, you may want to re-evaluate your options.


30 Point Club
Paul Pierce
- 31 Points

Chairman of the Boards (12+ Rebounds)
Michael Beasley
- 13 Boards
Kendrick Perkins - 12 Boards

March of Dimes (10+ Assists)
Deron Williams
- 13 Dimes

Thieves & Swatters (5+ Steals or Blocks)
Ronnie Brewer
- 5 Steals
Double-Double Trouble
Deron Williams
- 25 Points, 13 Assists
Michael Beasley - 23 Points, 13 Rebounds

Messed Around and Got a Triple Double

The NBA is full of players with loads of talent who never get a chance to really shine.  Perhaps it’s the system they are in.  Perhaps they are buried in the depth chart.  A successful fantasy basketball player must be able to recognize those players and act quickly if something changes in their favor.  Luckily for you, I am going to do the dirty work for you.

Michael Beasley, Miami - There are rumors that Shawn Marion could be on his way out of Miami, with Cleveland as a possible destination.  If The Matrix were to move on, Beasley would slide into that starting Small Forward role.  He is currently averaging 14.1 ppg in 26.7 minutes so an increase to 32-37 minutes could easily bring Beasley’s average up to 20 ppg along with 7-8 rebounds per game.

Aaron Brooks, Houston - Rafer Alston is sidelined with a strained hamstring.  While the injury isn’t serious (Alston is day-to-day), it is an injury that has a strong likelihood to reoccur if not given the time to fully heal.  In Alston’s absence against Denver Brooks had 18 points and 6 assists.  Alston missed two games in November in which Brooks averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.  He was in foul trouble both of those games though as he had to deal with Chris Paul in one game and the Spurs in the other.  If Alston were to miss a significant chunk of games, fantasy owners would covet Brooks.

Lou Williams, Philadelphia - With Elton Brand out a month, Lou should see an increase in his scoring load, much like the 25 he put up the game Brand separated his shoulder.  Without their big man, the Sixers should play more Small Ball giving Williams an opportunity to shine.  He is quite capable of shouldering more of the load, as he is currently Top 20 with 27.7 points per 48 minutes.

Marreese Speights, Philadelphia – Williams isn’t the only one who should improve with Brand out as Speights also appears in line for a bigger role.  The 6’10″ rookie out of Florida will be a hot commodity on the waiver wire in the coming days.  Foul trouble limited him to 19 minutes on Wednesday when Brand got hurt, but he still finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds, which are nearly double his season averages.  There may be growing pains at first, but Speights should be a bigger factor over the next month.

2008 NBA Rookie Analysis

26 November 2008

As the first full month of the NBA season comes to a close it’s time to take a look at the impact the Rookies have made thus far.

As Good As Advertised
To me this rookie class begins with Derrick Rose.  He is playing the most difficult position (Point Guard) of any of the Big Three (Rose, Beasley, Mayo) and he looks comfortable out there.  He is second among rookies in scoring with 19.0 points per game and first in assist with 5.7 apg.  He is every bit as good as advertised and will be a star in this league.  While Rose is the best Rookie in the league, O.J. Mayo is the most explosive.  He leads all rookies with a 20.6 ppg scoring average.  He has reached 25 or more points in five of his fourteen games already.  He too will be a star in this league, but I don’t expect as much team success for O.J.  He is fortunate go get out of Minnesota.  Memphis may be as bad, but at least it’s warm there.

Give Them Time
I am not going to label Michael Beasley a disappointment because he’s third among Rookies in scoring at 14.8 ppg and 8th in rebounding at 5.5 rpg.  Dwayne Wade has been lights out early on this year, which has limited his scoring opportunities.  He is playing alongside Shawn Marion and Udonis Haslem, which has a negative impact on his rebounding.  I see both of those numbers improving as the season goes on.  Greg Oden is another guy that you’re going to have to wait until he starts to reach his full potential.  Not only does he have to learn the pro game like the rest of the rookies, but he has to work the rust off from missing a full year of hoops.  I expect him to grow into a force in the paint on both ends of the floor.

Pleasant Surprises
Marc Gasol
has to be one of the more pleasant surprises from this Rookie Class.  Second-Rounders generally do not make a big splash.  He has done just that though averaging 12.0 ppg and 7.2 rpg while shooting a Rookie best 57.7% from the floor.  Luc Mbah a Moute is another Second-Rounder who is providing dividends to his team (Milwaukee) and his fantasy owners.  Mbah a Moute leads all Rookies in Rebounding at 7.6 rpg.  Mario Chalmers is another Second-Rounder that is contributing.  He’s playing nearly 30 minute a night and averaging 8.3 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.0 steals.  Russell Westbrook is having a solid start to his Rookie season.  He’s put up averages of 12.1 points and 3.7 assists per night.

Early Disappointments
It’s hard to get on a guy who’s injured, but Danilo Gallinari has scored just two points in 11 minutes.  He didn’t even make a Field Goal.  Kevin Love not only has to deal with playing on the lowly TImberwolves, but he has to deal with the pressure of being the guy traded for O.J. Mayo.  Love was the fifth pick in the draft yet his the 16th leading scorer at 8.3 ppg and the 7th leading rebounder at 6.0.  Perhaps where he’s disappointing the most is the 36% he’s shooting from the floor.  Joe Alexander was the 8th pick and he’s averaging just 4.0 ppg and 13.3 minute per game. #7 pick Eric Gordon isn’t much better with just 6.0 ppg in 15.2 minutes per game.  Perhaps most disappointing of all is #11 Jerryd Bayless.  He’s played in just five games for an average of 7.2 minutes per night.  All he has to show for himself is a 1.8 ppg average.

Taking Advantage of Injuries
Early injuries have allowed Sacramento’s Jason Thompson (11.6 ppg, 70 rpg), San Antonio’s George Hill (11.0 ppg), and Portland’s Rudy Fernandez (11.6 ppg) to get off to fast starts.

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