Michael Beasley officially declared for the NBA Draft, which of course is a surprise to nobody. In many cases I question the decision-making of early entrants into the NBA Draft, but this certainly was not one of them. This kid is a sure thing. He's going to be a superstar, and very soon I think. Additionally, he did not really have much to gain by staying at Kansas State. His draft positioning certainly wouldn't change from this year to the next, Kansas State was unlikely to be a legitimate national title contender with him anyway, and when you're going to be a top 3 pick, you take that opportunity before an injury could occur. He'll either be the #1 or #2 overall pick, depending on who wins the lottery.
There's a few teams that already have a power forward that might be better off with Memphis point guard Derrick Rose, but if a team is just looking for the best player, I think that is clearly Beasley. As of right now, the three teams with the best chances to win the lottery are as follows: Miami Heat(25% chance), Seattle(for right now anyway) Supersonics(19.9% chance), and Minnesota Timberwolves(15.6% chance).
Many people have compared Beasley to Carmelo Anthony, which leads to me to that story.
Carmelo Anthony was arrested at 4 AM right here in Colorado this morning, for a suspicion of driving under the influence. The AP release of the story says,
"He was alone in the car and pulled over for weaving and not dimming his lights. Detective Sharon Hahn said Anthony failed a series of sobriety tests. He was charged with DUI and then taken to police headquarters before being released to a 'sober responsible party,' Hahn said. Anthony is due in court May 14."
Now listen, if there's anybody that does some heavy drinking, it's me, and pretty much every other writer on this site. So, I understand Melo likes to get wild, and celebrate the likely entrance of the Nuggets into the playoffs. That's his right and I would probably do the same thing.
However, the timing of this just could not be worse. The last thing this team needs right now is a distraction like this. As I said, they are likely in the playoffs now, but it's still not official. If the Golden State Warriors can go into Phoenix tonight and beat the Suns, the Nuggets still have to win another game. They would have to go out and beat the lowly Memphis Grizzlies in Denver, but with the inconsistency of the Nuggets, I would not call that a sure win by any means. One night they look like the best team in the NBA, and the next night they play defense worse than your average sixth graders. Their complete focus needs to be on winning that game if need be, and Carmelo's created an extra story that can only annoy the team.
As for Carmelo, his image is really not in the best shape these days. Coming out of Syracuse, everybody viewed him as the nice guy that was always smiling, loving to play basketball, not causing any trouble off the court, and seemed to be a great guy for the NBA to publicize alongside fellow 2003 NBA draftee LeBron James. In 2004, he was cited for marijuana possession, but luckily his buddy took all the blame to have the charges on Melo dropped. Then in 2006, his best friend and disappointing Colorado State basketball player Tyler Smith was caught having weed in Melo's car. Then of course in 2007, he was a major contributor in the Nuggets-Knicks brawl that landed him a 15-game suspension.
Listen, as I said, I have no problem with the partying, because I'd probably be doing the same thing. All of these guys are probably smoking marijuana and getting hammered every night. It's just that most get away with it and are smarter about it. Melo needs to get his act together, and I really hope he does because he's a terrific player that I get the pleasure of watching all the time here. However, if he keeps getting himself into trouble, I would not at all be surprised to hear his name in trade rumors over the next couple years. That would be a shame.