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Michael Beasley Feels He Can Easily Average 25 on 10 Shots In Today’s NBA: ‘They Don’t Work On Their Games Anymore’

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Michael Beasley was a pure scorer in his prime and stuck in the NBA for 11 seasons. Still, the 2008 No. 2 overall pick probably played in the wrong era. He had multiple seasons where he shot at least 37 percent from deep, plus seven years averaging double figures. 

So, what if he actually played in today’s NBA? The 35-year-old explains why it would be easier for him to score on The OGs podcast.

Today in this game, with 10 shots, I’d average 25, easy. In 20 minutes, easy… ‘Cause my double pump game, like, they don’t work on their game no more. You can tell in the things that they go for. Luka (Doncic) can get these mfs in so many pump fakes, it don’t make no sense. My game was built on counters.

Michael Beasley on playing in today’s game

The “game” that Beasley was referring to was obviously on defense. In context, he was saying players now go for pump fakes like they don’t read the scouting report. If he plays today, he would have used that to his advantage fishing for fouls. He would have gotten to the free throw line more and pumped his scoring totals from the charity stripe.

From what the fans saw from Beasley during his playing years, he never had a problem putting the ball through the hoop. Defense was generally his issue and part of that is the fact that he was a tweener– too small to guard power forwards and too slow to guard wings.

Nevertheless, there is little doubt that the Kansas State product could hold his own in this era. Naz Reid, who averaged 13.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in college, held a niche for the Minnesota Timberwolves and is very good at it. There’s no reason to believe that Beasley– who averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds in college– couldn’t.