Denver Nuggets’ rookie guard from Florida State University, Malik Beasley, was assigned back into the NBA’s Development League. It may not seem like much to others, but for us Nugget fans, it is hard for us to see our youngster go. It is weird being sad about his departure to the D-League but this has occurred many times before so we know he will come back eventually. It is only a matter of time before we see him back in his normal Nuggets attire.
Malik Beasley has this energy about him that just makes every Nugget fan and player smile. His sideline moves and celebrations can’t help but make you smile. Denver has even created their own hashtag, similar to the bench cam hashtag, known as #BeasleyCam. It’s pretty simple. Whenever an awesome or clutch play occurs, defensively or offensively, all cameras and all eyes turn to the one and only Malik Beasley who is always showing off his moves on the sideline with a big grin. Every dance seems to be new and never repeated. It also isn’t long until he gets the whole youthful bench into it.
Beasley may not play many minutes a game, if any at all, but his presence means a lot to the Nuggets, especially the more youthful players. Honestly if the sixth man of the year award wasn’t about top scorers off the bench but instead bench celebrations, Malik would at least finish somewhere in the top 5. His showy support is crucial to the Nuggets because half the team is under 25 years of age and their young, playful momentum is everything. Denver’s confidence is what allows the Nuggets to play their best form of basketball and the team’s growing chemistry is what fuels it. Even when the team is down you can still spot Malik down on the court jumping getting the players and crowd pumped. Give him a few more years along with more minutes and I guarantee you’ll see him pulling some new dance moves on the court in the middle of a game.
Of course I can’t put Denver’s record on Beasley’s chemistry with the Nuggets, but I do feel like his presence does have a large influence on the team’s play. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night and came on top victorious, beating them 125-107 on the road without any of Beasley’s sideline moves. I still like to imagine that he would have had a blast watching the nuggets drop all those 3’s against the Bulls. He most certainly would have lost his mind during the first half of last night’s Milwaukee Bucks game. As of now we can at least appreciate the rookie’s progress and wish him well while he is in the D-League. Fans and players will be looking forward to his return to the Denver Nugget’s sideline soon.