The case to put Malik Beasley back into the starting lineup (for now)
Beasley played his best basketball while he was a member of the starting five. The sample size that the Timberwolves have proves that when he is given the opportunity, he is able to make his minutes count.
In his Timberwolves debut versus the Los Angeles Clippers, Beasley started and put up an impressive stat line of 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists while shooting 7-of-13 from 3-point range. The most important statistic was that it resulted in a win against a future playoff team, showing the value of the 3-point shooting he brought to the team that was severely lacking.
Last year, in a game versus the Charlotte Hornets, Beasley finished with 31 points while shooting 7-of-13 from three. Against a tough, defensive-minded team led by Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves were able to beat the New York Knicks. In that game, Beasley shot 5-of-9 with all of his makes coming from beyond the arc. He finished the game with 20 points, and most importantly, a win against a Knicks team that was the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Chris Finch and the coaching staff could re-insert Beasley into the starting lineup to further utilize his 3-point shooting prowess.
If that isn’t the choice, there is still one more option Gupta and the front office can look to if they deem inserting Beasley into the starting lineup as a negative.