Monday, July 7, 2008
Beasley Nearly Flawless in First Pro Outing
The number one overall pick in the NBA's 2008 draft, Michael Beasley, played his first game as a pro today. Beasley's Miami Heat defeated the second overall draft pick, Derrick Rose, and his Chicago Bulls 94-70 in the Orlando Summer League.
Beasley played just 23 minutes, but managed to score a career-high (haha, duh, it's his first game as a pro) 28 points, and was just one rebound shy of a double-double. He hit nearly half his shots from the floor (9 for 21), and flat-out outplayed Joakim Noah, and Tyrus Thomas of the Chicago Bulls. Both Noah, and Thomas are second-year players.
Surprisingly enough, Beasley thought he could have done better. After the game, he said he should've scored more points, and dished out a few more passes. But, altogether I think Beasley should be very proud of himself, he played one hell of a game. I expect to see more from where that came from this upcoming season.
Derrick Rose finished with just 10 points, and hit 3 from 8 on the floor. Worst of all, Rose turned the ball over five times. This was just a small preview of what to expect from the NBA in the next several years, and that is...Many great matchups, and showdowns between these two.
Congrats to Beasley for such a fine debut, and welcome to the NBA!! It gets much tougher from here on out.