I bleed, therefore I am (awesome).
Michael Beasley is putting up BETTER numbers than Kevin Durant a year ago and he’s still going to finish second to Hansbrough. Just take a look at the numbers:
23.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks, 2.1 turnovers
26.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.7 blocks, 2.9 turnovers
Beasley leads four categories to Hansbrough’s two. (And by the way, how can a guy 6’10” only average 0.3 blocks? Dumbfounding.)
Now, the Hansbrough argument is that he is playing on the one of the best teams in America and gets less touches and shots than Beasley, who plays for a team fighting for its tournament life. That’s all fine and good. But it also takes the focus off Hansbrough. He also has one of the best PGs in America in Ty Lawson feeding him the ball. Think he’s getting the ball in good position? Yeah, I thought so too.
Beasley, of course, doesn’t have that great PG feeding him the ball. No starter on Kansas State averages more than 3.5 assists or over 1.5 assists/turnovers. In contrast, Lawson averages 5.6 assists and 2.6 assists/turnovers. But Beasley still manages to shoot 54% from the field. That’s just below Hansbrough’s 55%. Negligible, at best.
Beasley is a monster. Hansbrough is a very good player who gets a lot of advantages from his teammates. He also plays in Chapel Hill, as opposed to the wasteland that is Manhattan, Kansas. Though if Beasley is not POY, as I suspect he won’t, he’ll just have to fall asleep on all the money he’ll be getting from being the #1 player in the 2008 NBA Draft.
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