Malik Beasley
Malik Beasley
24-Year-Old GuardG
Minnesota Timberwolves
Out
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 5/9/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Beasley was having a relatively modest season in 2019-20 with Denver, averaging 7.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.2 minutes across his 41 appearances with the team. However, things changed drastically when he was traded to the Timberwolves in early February. In his 14 appearances (all starts) with Minnesota, Beasley caught fire, averaging 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 threes and 1.9 assists in 33.1 minutes. He re-upped with Minnesota during the offseason, inking a four-year, $60 million deal. The Wolves also traded for Ricky Rubio, retained D'Angelo Russell and selected Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick. That means Beasley is not a guaranteed starter and could come off the bench in a sixth-man capacity behind Russell and Edwards. As a result, he'll likely struggle to reach the heights he claimed with the Wolves last season, but he should remain fantasy relevant. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Timberwolves in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Malik JonMikal Beasley was born in Atlanta in 1996 to Michael and Deena Beasley. Michael played professional ball in Chile, the Domincan Republic and Puerto Rico. Beasley attended Saint Francis School in Georgia. As a junior, he led Saint Francis to the state championship. As a senior, he averaged 22.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. Those impressive stats got Beasley named Georgia's Class 1A Player of the Year; he also made the All-State Class A First Team. Beasley attended Florida State for one year before declaring for the NBA draft. His grandfather, John Beasley, is a movie and TV actor who appeared in the movie "Rudy." Beasley is nicknamed "The Mutant." He goes by @Mbeasy5 on both Instagram and Twitter.

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It did not take Beasley long to establish himself as the go-to scorer for Florida State. In his lone season with the Seminoles, the Atlanta native scored at least 21 points in his first three games and reached the 20-point plateau in five of his first six contests. Despite Beasley's individual success, it was a rocky season for the team. The Seminoles lost their first three ACC games and endured a five-game losing streak as Beasley struggled with his shot. He was held to single-digit scoring three times during the streak. The 6-foot-5 guard closed the regular season with 20 points in a win over Syracuse and scored in double digits over four games in the ACC tournament and NIT combined. Over the season, he provided 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while hitting 38.7 percent of his three-pointers. After the season, Beasley declared for the 2016 NBA Draft and was chosen by the Denver Nuggets with the 19th overall pick.

Out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury
GMinnesota Timberwolves
Hamstring
April 5, 2021
Beasley was diagnosed with a Grade 3 hamstring injury Monday and will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks.
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The 24-year-old will be reevaluated in three weeks after an MRI revealed the severity of the issue Monday. Minnesota's final game of the regular season is May 16 against the Mavericks, so there's a legitimate possibility Beasley's 2020-21 season is over. Jordan McLaughlin, Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver should have increased roles for the Timberwolves, especially for the immediate future with Ricky Rubio (back) and Jaylen Nowell (lower leg) both doubtful Monday against the Kings.
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2019

Beasley began the season in Denver, where he appeared in 41 games and averaged 7.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. Beasley was traded to the Timberwolves on Feb. 4 and started the final three games before the All-Star break. He averaged 22.0 points per game during that stretch and had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds Feb. 8 versus the Clippers. He had one of his best performances of the season on Jan. 16 against Warriors, posting 27 points (9-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, three steals and one assist in 39 minutes. Just before the break, Beasley went for a then-season-high 28 points on 11-of-25 shooting against the Hornets. Coming out of the break, Beasley continued his hot scoring, topping 20 points seven times in a 10-game stretch from Feb. 21 through Mar. 8. During that span, he averaged 21.9 points per game on 50.6 percent shooting (44.2% 3PT). The Florida State product scored at least 21 points in four straight games from Mar. 3 to Mar. 8, posting 25.5 points per game during that run. Against the Magic on Mar. 6, Beasley went 14-of-21 from the field to finish with 29 points and four rebounds. At the time the NBA season was suspended on Mar. 11, Beasley averaged 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 14 games with the Timberwolves, who did not participate in the resumed season.

2018

Malik Beasley significantly increased his production and team role in 2018-19, his third season with the Nuggets. He appeared in 81 games and started 18 contests. Beasley's playing time also jumped quite a bit, increasing from 10 minutes per game last season to 23 minutes per night in 2018-19 . The Nuggets turned to the Florida State product for his outside shooting, as Beasley attempted 5.0 three pointers a night. Beasley averaged two made treys a game for a 40.2 three-point shooting percentage. The guard also averaged 11.3 points per game while picking up 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists a night. His role was primarily as a spot-up shooter and he had a couple impressive outings. On Jan. 15, Beasley posted a career-high six three-pointers in a loss to the Warriors. In a big win over the Rockets to start the month of February, Beasley drained five threes en route to dropping a career-high 35 points. Beasley's Nuggets made it to the second round of the playoffs, losing to Portland in seven games. Beasley played in all 14 of Denver's post-season contests, averaging 8.1 points and 1.4 made threes per game.

2017

Beasley appeared in 62 games off the bench for the Denver Nuggets during his sophomore campaign. Beasley averaged 3.2 points and a career-high 1.1 rebounds per contest. He averaged 9.4 minutes on the floor per tilt. Beasley shot 34.1 percent from three-point range. He reached double figures in points on three occasions. He scored a season-high 12 points at Orlando on Dec. 8. It was arguably his best game of the year, as Beasley also snatched four rebounds and dished out three assists in the 103-89 win over the Magic. Beasley grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against Golden State on Nov. 14. He dished out three assists on three separate dates. Beasley also showed dexterity on the defensive end. He tallied two steals against Utah on Jan. 5.

2016

As a rookie out of Florida State, Beasley saw action in 22 games for the Nuggets. He averaged 3.8 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting from the field. Beasley scored his first NBA points on Nov. 10 against the Warriors, when he put up 12 points in 15 minutes. Late in the season, Beasley saw extended minutes in back-to-back games. In a win over Dallas on April 11, he posted 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 32 minutes off the bench. In the regular-season finale, Beasley made his first career NBA start and responded with 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 40 minutes. Beasley also spent time with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the G League. He appeared in 16 G League contests, averaging 18.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter.
  • February 5, 2020
    As part of a 4-way trade, traded by the Denver Nuggets with Juancho Hernangomez and Jarred Vanderbilt to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, and Keita Bates-Diop
  • November 20, 2020
    Signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Expected to sit Monday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
Hamstring
April 4, 2021
Beasley (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against Sacramento.
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Out Saturday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
Hamstring
April 3, 2021
Beasley (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the 76ers, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
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Listed as doubtful
GMinnesota Timberwolves
Hamstring
April 3, 2021
Beasley has been deemed doubtful for Saturday's tilt against the 76ers due to left hamstring soreness.
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Drains game-winning three
GMinnesota Timberwolves
March 31, 2021
Beasley finished with 20 points (5-9 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), a rebound, a steal and a block across 32 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Knicks.
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Goes for 13 points in return
GMinnesota Timberwolves
March 28, 2021
Beasley (suspension) had 13 points (4-17 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals across 30 minutes in Saturday's 129-107 loss to Houston.
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