Last week, in the wake of the LeBron James fiasco, the Minnesota Timberwolves received the second choice in the 2008 NBA Draft, SF/PF Michael Beasley, for nothing.
Based on his phenomenal collegiate production, I thought Michael Beasley had a chance to be the biggest win contributor out of that draft. There’s a reason, though, that he was made available. He has grossly underproduced.
The first reason, obviously, is his rebounding. In college he averaged 18.8 rebounds per 48 minutes, and he’s only produced 55% of that number in the NBA.
But another reason, and one more in his control, is his poor shot selection.
Despite being a very good finisher at the rim, the best shot available, Beasley for some reason prefers to take the worst shots available — two point jumpers from 18-23 feet. I call those shots “no man’s land” shots. Those are the shots Beasley overwhelmingly prefers.
According to Hoopdata, no power forward who played at least 25 minutes per game, other than Dirk Nowitzki, took as many shots per minute from No Man’s Land as Beasley did.
The kicker is, he’s not accurate from outside 18 feet. He’s way below average among power forwards when it comes to shots that are taken from outside 18 feet.
Yet he’s well above average at everything inside that range. If someone in Minnesota can get to him and get him to concentrate on being primarily an inside player, the Timberwolves could possibly have found a diamond in the rough.