Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley sat down with DID to discuss his big role in Summer League and what it will take to earn more playing time in 2017-18.
Nuggets guard Malik Beasley is heading into his second year with the team and was kind enough to take a couple of minutes to chat with me during Nuggets media day.
Beasley is one of the biggest personalities on the Nuggets and is often the guy hyping up the bench when he’s not in the game. The former Seminole only played in 22 games last season while averaging just 7.5 minutes per appearance. Those are both numbers he hopes to see go up in his sophomore season.
Beasley really got the chance to showcase his skills during summer league in Las Vegas and it’s something he’s looking to build off of going into training camp.
DID: How excited are you going into year two? What parts of your game did you work on this summer?
“Over the summer I just worked on mental stuff. A lot of yoga and meditation—just trying to work on maintaining my body for a whole season…eating right, a lot of the little things that are going to help you.”
DID: What was your experience at summer league like? How did it feel being the go-to guy on the team?
“Great learning experience for me. It was my first first time playing point guard in the NBA. Just that whole experience and playing that many minutes since my surgery. I was thankful for the opportunity that I had.”
DID: How do you feel going into training camp. Are you feeling 100 percent?
“I feel 100 percent better, man. Last year, going into training camp, I couldn’t do everything and couldn’t do all the drills and that hurt me as a player. Now I’m ready to get out there and have fun. Enjoy the process.”
DID: I know you guy’s have a lot of depth at the guard position. How do you plan on separating yourself and getting those minutes on the court?
“Like you said there’s a lot of great guards on this team. What I have to do to separate myself is defense, scoring the ball and it’s not even really about scoring. Just being at the right place, handling the ball well, and learning from all the vets. When my time is right just use my time.”
DID: You played in the D (now G)-League last year, what was it like going down there and experiencing a couple of games?
“It was good just to get some reps up since I got the chance to be one of the main focuses down there in Sioux Falls. It was kind of good to know that they were just looking at me”
Beasley is a fan favorite with all the energy and athletic ability that he brings to the table. Here’s hoping we get to see some more of it on the court this year.