If Michael Beasley is even half as acceptable as he says he is, the Knicks will be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy this June.
The boisterous Knicks forward may be on his fourth NBA team in three years of time (in addition to two stints in the Chinese Basketball Association), yet Beasley asserted the idea of him being a journeyman backup is simply “perception” and he’s really as talented as any basketball player on the planet.
“[It’s] mostly perception,” Beasley told Bleacher Report on why he hasn’t developed in to a star player. “As far as talent-wise, I agree up with Kevin [Durant], LeBron, I agree up with the best guys in the world.”
While LeBron and Durant have each won at least one championship and MVP award, Beasley sports a career average of 12.6 points per game and has never been named to an All-Star team.
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Beasley explained to Bleacher Report despite being the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft — one pick behind ex-Knick point guard Derrick Rose and two spots before Russell Westbrook — he hasn’t received an possibility to prove himself.
“If you look over the past nine years, I never played more than 24-25 minutes a game. Being a No. 2 pick, especially in my 1st 3-4 years, in that should raise a question mark,” Beasley told Bleacher Report. “Not to toot my own horn, yet not a lot of guys come in to the NBA after the kind of year I had at Kansas State. For whatever reason, I just never got a fair shake.”
Of course, this isn’t absolutely true. Beasley averaged 29.8 minutes a game in his 2nd season with the Heat in 2009, and then averaged 32.3 minutes a game the following year in his 1st season with the Timberwolves.
While Beasley has repeatedly taken ownership of his off-the-court incidents and issues with marijuana, he believes these past transgressions don’t take anything away from his perceived high level of talent as a basketball player.
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“I’m not being cocky; it’s just always how I felt,” Beasley told Bleacher Report on the notion he is one of the most talented basketball players in the league. “But I got in to trouble as shortly as I got in to the NBA, and it left a offensive taste in a lot of people’s mouths.”
The Knicks signed Beasley to a one-year, $2.1 million contract in August.
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