Ok so it seems ever since Beasley hurt his foot there have been tons of posts here or at least thought about how "terrible" Beasley is. Or how he needs to change his game, comparisons to other role players, and many other suggestions for the 22 year old in his 4th NBA season.
I think there has been one success story left out and someone who might fit Beasley a little more than we might think. Lamar Odom. Now they do possess some different skills and strengths but the one thing I remember from Odom when he was with the Clippers
, and early years with LA was coaches always tried to turn him into the go to ISO scorer he may have never intended to be.
Like Beasley Odom was a highly touted pick out of college and everyone saw this unbelievable raw talent. Just about any team would make a spot for Odom and give him plenty of minutes but he never really figured it out until he was in LA for a few years with the exception of maybe his rookie and sophomore years.
He never averaged more than 17 points per game, never made an all star game, and in my opinion his best year was when he came of the bench for LA and won 6th man of the year award. This year more than any I think we will see the value that he gave to LA with Luke Walton
getting a ton of his minutes. I think if we could take a page out of the way Phil Jackson used him as a guy off the bench and letting the game come to him rather then tell him to score a bunch to start the game.
Now the Wolves or whatever team gets him won't be much like the Lakers
with Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum but on a good team as the first guy off the bench he could prove to be very valuable.