Michael Beasley has turned into an NBA journeyman of sorts, but that doesn’t keep him from feeling confident — or perhaps, some might say, overconfident.
When asked how he feels about his game, the New York Knicks forward mentioned the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
“As far as talent-wise, I match up with Kevin, LeBron,” Beasley told Bleacher Report. “I match up with the best guys in the world.”
Beasley, 28, is 6-foot-9 and was the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Miami Heat in 2008.
He has served stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks and Heat — twice. He’s also played professionally in China — twice.
If there is a game and a paycheck, odds are, Beasley will find it. He averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 56 games with the Bucks last season.
“If you look over the past nine years, I never played more than 24-25 minutes a game. Being a No. 2 pick, especially in my first 3-4 years, that should raise a question mark,” Beasley told Bleacher Report. “Not to toot my own horn, but not a lot of guys come into the NBA after the kind of year I had at Kansas State. For whatever reason, I just never got a fair shake.”
Now, perhaps, his time has come — as the Beasley could get every opportunity now that Carmelo Anthony is no longer a member of the Knicks.
“I’m not being cocky; it’s just always how I felt,” Beasley said.