Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  35 responses

Doc Rivers: Michael Beasley Could Lead NBA in Scoring

Last night, Rivers didn’t have to worry about Beasley torching his defense too much, but he says that could all change in the very near future. From the Star Tribune: “Offensively, I’ve been a big believer in him,’ Rivers said before his Celtics beat the Timberwolves 96-93 on Monday night. ‘I just think he can score. I said it two years ago: I think one day he may lead the league in scoring. He just knows how to score the ball. He has a Carmelo ability to score the ball.’ Beasley scored 19 points, playing only 23 minutes because of foul trouble. ‘He’s a matchup problem every night,’ Rivers said. ‘He’s tough for 3s [small forwards] to guard because of his size. He’s too quick for 4s [power forwards]. And he can shoot. Obviously that’s the key. He has quickness and a shot at that size. That makes him tough to guard.’”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/73 Jono

    But he’s not, is he? oden could lead the L in blocks you know.

  • http://www.twitter.com/73 Jono

    On the other hand, he’s too slow to guard 3s and too weak to guard 4s.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’ve said the same thing since the Heat drafted him. He just needs the shots and the right system. I think he’s in the right system, at the moment, to use his skillset to it’s best potential.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Ray Allen once looked me dead in the eye and told me that Tim Thomas could lead the League in scoring. So, you know.

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    Tim Thomas had the potential but never lived up to it. People forget Bucks team. They were ballers. Cassell, Ray Ray, Big Dog, and Tim Thomas

  • Riggs

    man tim thomas showed flashes of how much of a beast he could be, but the dudes mindset was just….weak.

  • twahc

    micheal BEASTly.

  • Zabba

    Beasley could lead the league in the right system, sure. That system is basically be in a team without any consistent offensive op

  • Jer-Dawg

    If Beasley would stop taking 22 ft. jump shots and stepped out 23’9″ then tag at least 3 PTs. more to his average. He’s very sneaky even as a left hander. The Wolves have a dynamic forward combo not seen in a while. I can’t think off the top which forward combo complements each other so well in a long while. Maybe 80s?! I don’t know! Any ideas?

  • slamfan4life

    Well since no one else shoots 45 shots……………………

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Are we using “scoring” in the weedhead vernacular?

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Doc your son may lead the L in scoring first! Lol

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  • http://jaredmintzisthetruth.blogspot.com Jared

    if beasley and love complimented each other so well the wolves wouldn’t have the 4th worst record in the league. They both bring different game to the table which is nice, but clearly, it’s not working.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AllBall247 AllBall247

    Doc is right. Beasley score’s so effortlessly when he’s feeling it.

  • dsleepy

    i hope he lives up to that draft position eventually. he reminds me of carlos boozer but with a better jump shot. wolves need a true center. darko ain’t going to cut it if they plan on keeping k.love

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Supercoolbeas used to like superkushblunts. Now he enjoys a nice glass of icewater thank you very much.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Tim Thomas’ best ever scoring average for an entire season was 14.7 points per game.
    The point I’m assuming Ray and Doc were making about these guys is that they’re great scorers who could, under perfect circumstances, actually pull this off. But Thomas never got remotely close. I’m a Mike Beasley fan, so I’d love to see it, but…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Jono what are you talking about? He’s obviously not too slow to guard 3′s. Okay, his defense isn’t good but it’s definitely not due to a lack of quickness.

  • LA Huey

    @Allenp, you wrong.

  • AveJoe20

    @dsleepy how does he remind you of carlos boozer at all?

  • unrel

    beasley and boozer?.. is it because they’re both have Bs in their first name?

  • Shem

    Wolves need a defensive center that can rebound. Kevin Love can be a post prescence on offence as well as a rebounding machine at the 4. Beasley is a scorer at the 3. Wesley Johnson slashing at the 2. Johnny Flynn being a floor general at the 1.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Will Rubio ever wear a Wolves jersey?

  • doyouwantmore

    I sure hope not.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    It’s been said on another thread but Kevin Love’s lack of defense especially in his rotations is killing the Wolves. If he closed out and sacrificed some rebounds, Minnesota would look much better.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Jared, the wolves got the talent to compete, no doubt. But discerning hoopheads know that talent does not necessarily translate to wins directly. If that was all it took, Miami would be coming out of this season’s opener and setting fire to the league from the get go. Instead, they floundered at the start of the season; same with the Wolves, that roster is loaded with some talented guys, but their record’s sh*t. If you look at most of their losses you can see that a LOT of them came at less than 10 points; so don’t get it twisted: they are not getting run out of the gyms when they lose. The Wolves biggest problem is clearly closing out games, which is indicative of how young this team is. Give these guys time, I have a feeling the Love-Beaseley tandem is going to be special.

  • uhh

    I just came across someone’s email address in the email field.. Slam fix that just a heads up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    Caboose: If you’re going to talk about how anything Kevin Love is doing is “killing” the Wolves, it seems worth mentioning how his rebounding keeps them alive. On balance, he seems to be doing more harm than good.

  • Yep

    i think it’s realllly important to note that despite having the 4th worst record in the L, the wolves have seriously led after 3 quarters in almost every game i’ve watched (15?) but only won around 2 of them. i don’t feel like stat-packin right now but they get WRECKED in the 4th quarter. there’s definitely a mental aspect to that as they have zero veteran leadership (ridnour??). wes johnson is at least 2 years from being legit, beasley has another 2 years to develop his d(hopefully) and to improve his on-court intelligence with the amount of minutes he’s playing (he’s really like a rookie in that regard). same with love. this is first season these guys are all giving well over 30 minutes per game and clearly aren’t appropriating their energy or composure to close out games. i don’t think flynn should be their pg of the future. ricky who? fu** that dude. bad look at the draft. i predict next year they’ll improve to around the 9th spot in the west, 2 years down the line 7/8 spot and in the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Ryan, I think the difference here is that Ray and Tim were on the same team and Ray had something to gain from saying that in public. Not sure Doc has anything to gain from singling Beasley out either way.

  • Hooblah-blee

    Hey you don’t have to put small/power fowards in parenthesis. If nobody knows what 3′s and 4′s are then they shouldn’t be on the site!!

  • ClydeSays

    Tim Thomas seems like a good comparison at this point. No matter how many points Thomas could put up, he gave away as many on defense>could never get consistent minutes>never found a role on team for more than a season>bounced around the L for a decade.

  • connor

    beasley belongs on the wing he’s just a great scorer even if certain fans cant see it surely you can respect the opinion of a great coach

  • Mike from Spain

    Rubio has been playing in the Spanish league for 5 – 6 years now. If you equate Spanish league and American collegebasketball, he’s been 5 – 6 years playing uni level. Plus he’s been in the Spain national team about 3 – 4 years. I am sure that if he translates his game to the NBA well enough and he’s happy and doesn’t whine too much about Minny, he’ll be that ‘veteran leader’ needed by the TWolves.