Khris Middleton Injury Update and who is Michael Beasley?


Written by Trevor Ricci (@Trevor_Ricci) on 04 October 2016

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond said Khris Middleton's surgery to repair his left hamstring was successful.  Middleton suffered the injury in training camp, and is expected to miss 6 months, pushing his return around March.  

The injury led to the Bucks trading young point guard Tyler Ennis in exchange for small forward Michael Beasley.  While no true shooting guard was obtained in the trade, Beasley had a very solid year in Houston last season.  

This brings up the question: What has Beasley done in his career so far?

The upcoming NBA season will be Michael's 9th.  He was on the 2013-14 Miami Heat during their run to the Finals (they lost to the Spurs 4-1), so he brings the experience of being a veteran in the NBA Finals.  His best season came in the 2010-11 season where he averaged 19.2 PPG and 5.6 RPG with the Timberwolves.  He then dropped off and for 2 straight seasons averaged less than 10 PPG.  However last year with the Rockets, Beasley averaged 12.8 PPG with 4.9 RPG.   Beasley is 27 years old, which is referred to as the theoretical prime age.  

Beasley shot 33% from 3 point land last season, and in years past he has been near 40%.  Last season he shot only 0.5 3 pointers per game.  His inside shooting is solid.  His 5.2/9.8 attempts per game were good enough for 53.1%, which will work with the Bucks tendency to look for high percentage shots inside the 3 point line.  

While Beasley will not be a piece of the core, he will fill some needs that the Bucks have.  

His scoring will provide a boost from the bench if he does not start.  His experience will help a young team figure out what the NBA is about, and they can figure out what their identity is as a team.  As for the trade overall, there are no real negatives from it.  By signing Matthew Dellavedova, the Bucks don't need another point guard.  The PGs consist of MCW, Terry, and Dellavedova.  

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