But a funny thing is happening: Beasley, the troubled forward whom many people had given up on, is playing the most effective basketball of his career this season – at least statistically. Coming off the bench for the defending champions, Beasley is currently No. 16 in the NBA in PER. He'd never been in the Top 60 before and was actually an awful No. 271 in the ranking last season.
A few nuggets that show how good the 6-foot-9 forward has been for the Heat in his reserve role:
– Beasley's scoring average has gone from 10.1 ppg last year to 10.6 ppg this season even though he's playing 4.4 fewer minutes and taking 2.7 fewer shots per game on average.
– Beasley had the worst effective field goal percentage in the NBA in 2012-13 at 43.4 percent. This year, it's an impressive 61.0, which puts him near LeBron James (64.5).
– His true shooting percentage is 64.1 percent at this moment, which totally demolishes his previous best mark (52.8 percent).
– Beasley's total rebound percentage is a career-high 13.6 percent, which is also the best among Miami Heat players this season.
– He has been more effective in drives to the basket (69.2 percent of makes) than LeBron James (66.7) or Dwyane Wade (56.3).
– Beasley is hitting 50 percent of his catch-and-shoot attempts.
Consistency has not been one of Beasley's traits throughout his career and it's safe to say his numbers will come down to earth eventually. But so far, it's an unexpected feel-good story for him in Miami.