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Making the Case for Michael Beasely

There's been a lot of trade talk recently which has brought up some great discussions. I've been thinking a lot about possible SF's to acquire and I was looking for a really high potential guy on a bad team. I came to Beasely on the T-Wolves. I started to research him and learned that he is a much better player at power forward. The Kings have a hole at PF and are looking to find someone to pair with Cousins. I think they would make an excellent frontcourt. If the Kings don't get one of the top 2 picks, I propose that they should trade it to the Wolves for Beasely. 

Why the Wolves do it:

The Timberwolves are a rebuilding team. They have a fantastic building block in Kevin Love who is already an all star power forward. They are trying to build a team around him and the one they have obviously is not working out or close to it. They made a steal of a trade for Beasely. He became their starting SF and scored 20 pts a game for them. He was one of the few bright spots of the season. Unfortunately though, Beasely is not a good fit for the team because of several reasons. First of all, he is blocking Wesely Johnson whom they picked fifth overall in last year's draft. Johnson is most effective at SF, his natural position. He is forced into SG because of Beasely. Beasely too is playing at the wrong position. He should be at PF. Of course he can't because of Love.Also, the T-Wolves recently acquired Anthony Randolph from the Knicks. Because of his flashes of dominance he'll command a lot of minutes as well. WIth more playing time, which would be there if Beasely is traded,  he could prove to be a building block for Minnesota. I believe this trade is possible because every year David Khan blows the team, hoping for the best. This offseason is no different. The Wolves have the best chance at landing the top pick in this year's draft. There they will fill their biggest need, PG, in Kyle Irving who could turn the losing around and form a dynamic duo with Kevin Love. The Wolves also are very high on Bismack Biyombo. There is a great chance he'd be around at the fifth pick. He'd pair up with Love in the frontcourt. He'd provide big time shot blocking, shoring up another big need of the Wolves. He also can build on the team's one legitimate strength, rebounding. The Timberwolves can score the basket, there's no denying that. Their main problems are limiting turnovers, defense, and lack of leadership. They fill all of those holes completing this trade.

 

Why the Kings do this:

DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans are obviously the team's best players, but there is little legitimate talent behind them. Making this trade adds another big building block in Michael Beasely. I believe in the right situation Michael Beasely can be a top 10 scorer in the entire league. On the Kings,he'd be next to one of the best passing bigs in the league in DeMarcus Cousins and he'd be playing with a bunch of scoring threats so he wouldn't be able to be double teamed or pressured as much. Like I said before, Michael Beasely's natural position is PF, but he was able to produce almost 20 pts a game at SF. He rebounded well for the position too. His great stats are a testament to the type of player Beasely can be. The reason he should be at PF is that he is a big defensive liability at SF. He is not fast enough to guard most players there. He'd be much more effective at the PF position where he could use his height, length, and athleticism to be at least average defensively. The only worry there is a lack of strength, but he is definitely capable of putting on 5-10 pounds of muscle. Offensively, he will be able to utilize his quickness, explosiveness, and skill to become the beast people projected him to be when he was drafted 2nd overall. We've seen flashes of the player Michael Beasely can be and I think he can put it all together and reach his potential in Sacramento. 

I know there is a lot of hype over Bismack Biyombo and I can understand that, but I feel like he's very far from a sure thing. I think it'd be better to acquire Beasley who can already step in and contribute at a high level. 

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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