III: Malik Beasley
Malik Beasley was one of five players who were traded away to the Utah Jazz. At the time, parting with Beasley raised more than a few eyebrows in helping the Utah Jazz get a jump start on upgrading their perimeter shooting.
Beasley was the type of NBA player who is ideally suited to come into a basketball game off the bench and ignite the team with an offensive barrage that blows the game wide open. While not always able to instantly ignite the team, his track record proves that he was more often hot than not:
While he was absolutely an offensive force to be reckoned with, his overall game was not nearly as balanced. Like many of the Minnesota Timberwolves players in that 2021-22 season, he could score points, but he was ill-equipped to stop the opponents from counterpunching.
And so, it became a shooting gallery, a race to put up as many points as possible until the final buzzer. While that was not ideally suited for a Timberwolves team that needed more defense, the Wolves have far greater defense now. So at some point, you have to wonder if the Minnesota Timberwolves will miss Malik Beasley’s three-point shots this season.