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June 25, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
The Miami Heat are considering not drafting Micheal Beasley with the 2nd pick in the NBA Draft tomorrow night, and have worked out other players, like Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo. Clearly, the Heat want to trade the pick, move down and take Mayo or Bayless. But if they don't swap picks, there are still rumors that they will consider Mayo at No. 2. Let me say right now: if the heat pass up Beasley and draft O.J. Mayo, they are making a HUGE mistake.
Beasley may be undersized for a power forward at 6'7", but he has a 7-foot wingspan, and the offensive game to score in the NBA immediately. He won't rebound like he did in college, but he will still get some boards, and he can score by posting up his man or facing the basket. The Heat's knock on Beasley is that he is 'not mature.' OK, am I missing something?
When did O.J. Mayo come to symbolize maturity? I mean, who was the one who, during a high school game, threw the ball off the backboard from the free-throw line, caught it in midair, and dunked; and then threw the ball deep into the stands? I'll tell you: it was the same one who has had off-the-court problems, including a large scandal involving accepting illegal gifts in high school and college from Rodney Guillory, who is said to have received the money from Bill Duffy Associates Sports Management (hint: his name rhymes with "dayo").
Oh wait, I'm sorry - Beasley likes to joke around. Yes, by all means, don't draft that clubhouse cancer. No one wants a guy who likes to have a good time. They want the guy who is going to jack up 15 shots a game, and loves to try to drive the lane, but doesn't have a good first step.
Now, O.J. Mayo may make the All-Rookie team, but I don't think that he will ever be an All-Star. He shoots too much (and too inaccurately) and he isn't quick enough. Teams are getting fooled because Mayo is having "great workouts." Sure, he can shoot the ball well in an empty gym, but when he is taking 22 foot jump shots with two men in his face during a game, he might not be quite as accurate. He had good games from time-to-time at USC, but nothing to indicate he should be #2 pick in the NBA Draft. He is still viewed as a top level talent because of his hype in high school, not his production in college.
Despite what he may think, OJ Mayo is not the 2nd best option in this draft.