Malik Beasley’s Time in Denver Might Come to an End
At 21 years of age, Malik Beasley has shown promise in his short time on the floor for the Denver Nuggets this season. Averaging 10.5 minutes per game, up from 7.5 last season, Beasley is averaging 3.3 points per game on 39.9% from the field and 29.5% from the 3 point line. He’s shooting 65.2% on his 23 free throw attempts this season. According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the Denver Nuggets are targeting Rodney Hood and have made Malik Beasley available:
Denver is looking to upgrade at the wing and could be in play for Rodney Hood. The Nuggets have made Malik Beasley available in trade talks, league sources to The Athletic
Malik Beasley Improving Although Stats Dont Show
Beasley’s numbers have dipped slightly this season but he has shown confidence in his handles. He has broken down multiple defenders off the dribble for easy dunks and layup attempts. 41.5% of his shots are coming from within 10ft where he is currently shooting 70.4%.
Rodney Hood Having his Best Season
Rodney Hood has been in some recent controversy with Jazz fans. He’s been booed by the crowd to the point where Utah’s star rookie, Donovan Mitchell has had to step in and calm the fans:
Tough loss tonight but we will bounce back…. Can’t believe people were booing Rodney tonight that is insane to boo a man who works his butt off everyday to become a better player and for people to boo him is INSANE He gives his all for us and we do the same for him! GOOD NIGHT!
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) January 16, 2018
In his third season as a pro, Hood is posting averages of 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. While he is averaging a career high in points, his other statistical figures have either been stagnant or worse than last season. He is shooting 41.3% from the field and 38.6% from three.
The one issue is that the Nuggets are looking for help defensively while attempting to add 3 point shooting. While Hood does add 3 pt shooting he is a work in progress defensively, at best. He is allowing his opponents to shoot 35.3% from 3 and 45.8% from the field. Comparing those numbers to Tyreke Evans who the Nuggets are targeting as well. Evans only allows 32.6% from 3 and 43.5% from the field while shooting 35.6 and 45.3 respectively.
The trade deadline should be interesting to say the least for Nuggets fans. Follow us on twitter and stay updated.