Malik Beasley
Malik Beasley
23-Year-Old GuardG
Denver Nuggets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Coming into last season, Beasley was ticketed for limited playing time off the bench with the likes of Will Barton and Gary Harris ahead of him on the depth chart. He had only averaged 9.0 minutes per game during the 2017-18 campaign, leaving him with few opportunities to make an impact on the fantasy landscape. However, the Nuggets dealt with many injuries throughout last season, which enabled Beasley to play in 81 games and average 23.2 minutes per contest. He really shined in the 18 games that he started, averaging 15.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and three three-pointers. While there were many positives for the Florida State product in 2018-19, Beasley's role may be reduced heading into 2019-20. Assuming Harris and Barton stay healthy, not to mention the potential emergence of Michael Porter Jr. as a rotation piece, Beasley will have to fight for a role on the wing. As a result, he can be avoided in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.32 million contract with the Nuggets in July of 2016. Nuggets exercised $1.77 million team option for 2018-19 in September of 2017. Nuggets exercised $2.73 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Scores season-high 27 points
GDenver Nuggets
January 17, 2020
Beasley had 27 points (9-16 FG, 5-10 3PT, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, three steals and one assist in 39 minutes off the bench during Thursday's 134-131 win at Golden State.
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Beasley came out of nowhere to deliver his best game of the season considering he had scored more than 15 points just twice all season long, and that he hadn't logged more than 30 minutes yet this campaign. This performance should give him a bigger role in the rotation at least on a short-term scenario considering Jamal Murray will miss "multiple contests" due to a sprained left ankle.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Beasley’s workload varied significantly last year, playing just 583 total minutes -- not giving him consistent opportunities to demonstrate his skillset. He did see 20-plus minutes on five occasions, however, averaging 8.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He put in a second year of summer league this July, looking especially locked in defensively (seven steals in three games). Beasley also averaged 16.0 points, but shot a worse percentage than during 2017 summer league. Considering the Nuggets’ lack of depth, Beasley should have an opportunity in training camp to compete for a backup role. However, it seems highly unlikely he turns Fantasy relevant.
After being selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Beasley found himself buried on the depth chart throughout his rookie campaign and played in just 22 games. He put together an average of just 3.8 points across 7.5 minutes, as he was out of the rotation for much of the season. Most of Beasley's time came in the formerly known D-League, where he averaged 18.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 16 games last season. That gave a glimpse of what the 20-year-old can do, though there's obviously a severe talent gap between the two leagues, so Beasley will have plenty of work to do to become a contributor at the next level. Beasley could see a few more minutes during his sophomore campaign, but the fact that Gary Harris and Will Barton still sit ahead of him on the shooting guard depth chart, likely means Beasley isn't going to play a huge role. That should keep him off the Fantasy radar in most formats.
Beasley earned a reputation as an explosive player on both ends of the court during his freshman season at Florida State, averaging 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game before deciding to turn pro. A foot injury limited his ability to work out for teams before the draft, but the Nuggets were comfortable grabbing him at No. 19 to add to the team's backcourt depth along with No. 7 overall pick Jamal Murray. The Nuggets are now among the league's deepest teams, particularly on the wing, so Beasley may have difficulty carving out more than a minor role off the bench as a rookie. Beasley profiles best as a shooting guard long term, but he projects to open the year behind Gary Harris, Will Barton and Murray on the depth chart and could be in line for some extensive time in the D-League.
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Remains sidelined Sunday
GDenver Nuggets
January 12, 2020
Beasley failed to leave the bench during Sunday's 114-104 victory over the Clippers.
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Left out of rotation
GDenver Nuggets
January 2, 2020
Beasley (coach's decision) did not see the court during Thursday's 124-116 win over the Pacers.
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Double-digit effort in loss
GDenver Nuggets
December 26, 2019
Beasley finished with 13 points (5-14 FG, 3-10 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists and one block in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 112-100 loss to the Pelicans.
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Leads bench in scoring
GDenver Nuggets
December 23, 2019
Beasley produced 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes Sunday in the Nuggets' 128-104 win over the Lakers.
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Joins the fun
GDenver Nuggets
December 5, 2019
Beasley chipped in 14 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes during the Nuggets' 129-92 win over the Knicks.
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