By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Miami Heat used the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft on Michael Beasley. He joins the team after playing collegiate basketball with the Kansas State Wildcats.
Beasley spent one season with the Wildcats. He averaged 26.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.3 steals in 31.5 minutes per game.
He also was named the Big 12 Player of the Year. He also was a Consensus All-American.
Beasley is joining a team that went 15-67 during the 2007-08 season. The team averaged 91.4 points per game.
With this selection, he should be a starter for the team. However, Pat Riley and his front office will make that ultimate decision.
The Heat had Ricky Davis, Anfernee Hardaway, Luke Jackson, Bobby Jones, Dorell Wright, and Kasib Powell as the team’s small forwards this past season. Davis was the team’s fourth leading scorer behind Dwyane Wade, Shawn Marion, and Shaquille O’Neal.
Davis averaged 13.8 points in 82 games, including 47 starts. He also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.2 blocks.
This was the Heat’s highest pick ever in team history. Previously, it was Glen Rice with the fourth overall pick in the 1989 draft.