The 6-foot-5 shooting guard had an inconsistent rookie season, splitting time between the Nuggets and a D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Beasley impressed there, averaging 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game through 16 contests, according to Basketball-Reference.com. He shot nearly 46 percent from the floor there.
But the 20-year-old swingman was solid when he played in the big leagues too. Beasley played a combined 72 minutes in the Nuggets last two games of the season – a pair of wins over the Thunder and Mavericks – and tallied a total of 33 points, five assists, three steals and eight rebounds.
In 22 appearances for the Nuggets, Beasley averaged 3.8 points per game. Denver just missed the playoffs, finishing ninth in the west with a 40-42 record.
Beasley and Jamal Murray are the Nuggets youngest players at just 20 years old, and both seem to be a part of the team’s plans going forward.
“You would have never thought I would have been somebody four or five years ago,” Beasley told Nuggets.com. “I was just a scrawny little kid just looking to have some fun. I didn’t start working hard until my junior year. My freshman and sophomore year I was still looking to play baseball and football. Then the dream changed.”
Changes may be coming to the Hawks front office. A meeting was held late Wednesday with principal owner Tony Ressler to discuss a number of restructuring options. The team denied reports that GM Wes Wilcox had left the organization. Other reports say president of basketball operations and head coach Mike Budenholzer could drop the management title he has held for the past two years. The reports come less than two weeks after Ressler told the AJC he had confidence in the current positions held by Budenhol