The Minnesota Timberwolves were setting the bar high before Ricky Rubio's injury. As I have mentioned in other articles, the team looked destined to make the playoffs, breaking a long streak of Minnesota absences from the post-season. Kevin Love was a leading candidate for MVP, however, the team faltered down the stretch and now has a series of difficult decisions to make for the upcoming season.
Perhaps one of the more difficult questions will be what to do with Michael Beasley. The forward averaged 11.5 points per game, good for fourth most on the roster, and grabbed 4.4 rebounds per contest. However, he was once again hindered by injuries throughout the season, slowing his output and making him miss several games.
There is no doubt that Beasley can be a game changer when he is in the right frame of mind. His game against the Houston Rockets on January 30th was a classic example of what the Timberwolves wanted Beasley to be. He shot 10 of 14 from the field for 34 points (and the Timberwolves picked up the win). Later in the season, Beasley would score 27 against the Los Angeles Clippers in another Timberwolves victory. It was clear that Beasley had a lot of "upside" potential.
But then there were the games that brought Michael Beasley and Minnesota fans back down to earth. On February 4th, Beasley played 19 minutes against the Houston Rockets and looked relatively slow, only scoring six points on 3 of 9 shooting. On March 1st, Beasley scored only 3 points against the Phoenix Suns in 19 minutes of gametime. Beasley's inconsistent play was one of the reasons he only started seven games all year, despite numerous injuries to the Timberwolves' roster.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a lot of decisions to make this summer, and one of the biggest ones is whether to pick up Michael Beasley for 2012-2013 or release him to the market. With Rick Adelman's hope for change, it will be interesting to see where Michael Beasley ends up.
Jack Grunpe is an avid Minnesota Timberwolves fan. Follow him on Twitter @MNSportsWriter1.
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