Four years into his NBA career, Michael Beasley is not where he expected to be. After being drafted second overall in 2008 behind former MVP Derrick Rose, Beasley was seen as a can’t miss prospect with fantastic offensive skills. Since then, he has encountered trouble with the law, seen his name in constant trade talks and feuded with almost every coach he’s had.
After signing a three-year, $18 million contract with the Phoenix Suns in the offseason, many believed Beasley would finally live up to the potential they saw five years ago. With so much talent at their disposal, the Suns offense was expected to lean heavily on Beasley to carry the team.
A successful preseason only added to the hype and expectation. But since the regular season opener, inconsistent play and poor shot selection have Suns fans questioning whether Beasley is really the playmaker they thought he was.