Throughout this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have implemented an offensive system that is centered around the pick and roll and post-ups for the second unit. For instance, the point guard would bring the ball up to the three-point line and then a big man would set a screen. Once the pick was set the point guard would pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, the point guard would go over it and take the wide-open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, the point guard would go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he would score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not.
However, there are occasions when the Oklahoma City Thunder will send a big man in the low block to post up. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to a big man in the low post area. Once that happens, the big man will attempt to back down the defender with one of his shoulders to get within comfortable range to shoot a jump hook. Another example of this is when the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to another perimeter player. The second perimeter will either dump the ball into the post or give it to a third perimeter player, and he will throw it into the low to mid-block to start the process of attempting to get a jump hook. Unfortunately, the second unit for the Thunder is struggling to score points as they’re currently 28th in the league in bench scoring averaging 24.9 points per game.
As a result of this, the team should target a Michael Beasley trade at the NBA trade deadline. This is because Beasley has been primarily known for his ability to score the basketball in various ways like post-ups. For instance, when Michael Beasley receives the ball in the mid to low post he likes to shoot a turn around jumper, face up to shoot over the defender or face up to drive to the basket and shoot a layup. Not only can Beasley score in the post but he has also shown the ability to score as the screen in the pick and roll. For instance, if his defender decides to come up and defend the point guard, Mike will roll to the basket to shoot a layup or dunk the ball. On the other hand, if his defender decides to stay back he will pop out to the three-point line to act like he is going to shoot, but once the ball is in his hands, he drives.
In conclusion, Michael Beasley’s skill set is a perfect fit with the Thunder’s system which can immediately help the team’s bench scoring. As a result, Billy Donovan can afford to give his superstars more rest because he won’t have to worry about the bench, not scoring points. Furthermore, the team does not have to worry about being in a long-term commitment with Beasley as he is on a one-year deal.