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Updated Dec 4, 2012 - 5:51 pm

Dudley on Beasley: Reward outweighs the risk

Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee, left, and Phoenix Suns' Michael Beasley scramble for a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Jared Dudley says Suns teammate Michael Beasley is a "chill, cool type of guy" that sometimes needs to have help getting going.

One of the team's big free agent signings in the offseason, Beasley is averaging a disappointing 11.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 27.7 minutes per night. He's also shooting just 39 percent.

However Dudley, one of the leaders in the locker room, says it's not right to get down on Beasley because he's "still trying to find himself."

"There's some probably games where he just plays first and third (quarters), there's sometimes where if he didn't hit a shot early on he's frustrated," Dudley told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Tuesday.

Dudley said part of the learning process is knowing his shots will come, so there's no reason to force the offense.

"Play hard, play smart and let's see what the result is," Dudley said. "It's been up and down for everyone, not just Beas."

Dudley said part of his job on the team is to "stay on top of" the mercurial Beasley, and at just 23 many believe the former No. 2 overall pick could still blossom into a star.

"I feel like the reward outweighs the risk," he said.

That has yet to happen, though the Suns could certainly use improvement from the 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward.


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