Michael Beasley named Chinese League MVP


There is almost no good defense played in the Chinese Basketball Association — which makes it pretty much ideal for someone like Michael Beasley.

Beasley averaged 31.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, plus shot better than 40 percent from three leading the Shandong Golden Stars back to the playoffs (where they were swept out in the first round by the Guangdong Southern Tigers). Beasley was named to the Chinese League All-Star team and for the second straight year won the MVP of that game.

In a couple of weeks, his contract will be up and Beasley can return to an NBA team for the stretch run and the playoffs. There are reportedly multiple teams interested.

It should be noted the Chinese Basketball Association has dual MVPs, one for a foreign player (won by Beasley), and one for a domestic player. Former NBA player Yi Jianlian was named the Chinese MVP.