With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Following their initial free-agency push, the Lakers were able to add veteran scorer Michael Beasley on a 1-year deal. The former No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft enjoyed a renaissance year of sorts with the New York Knicks in 2017-18. His productivity and efficiency shot through the roof, and he proved that he can still function as a reliable bench scorer.
Beasley’s role became even more pronounced following the knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis. He can rotate between the small forward and power forward position, making him a valuable commodity for the Lakers.
He has the ability to play alongside LeBron James in certain lineups, and he’s a reliable scorer in the post. While he will never be known for his defensive prowess, he can score points in a hurry and should help the Lakers greatly improve upon their offense game from last season. Although not necessarily known as a three-point shooter, he converted on 39.5 percent of his attempts.
As it stands, Beasley’s ability to score from the perimeter could outweigh his post capabilities, especially with LeBron occupying that area.
Usually a fan favorite, Beasley should generate the adoration of the Staples Center faithful.
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