Michael Beasley Thinks He’s As Talented As LeBron James And Kevin Durant

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Maybe unrealistic expectations is just the New York Knicks’ brand.

Michael Beasley, one of the newest Knicks, added to that tradition in a recent interview with Bleacher Report, when he described his talent as up there with the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

“[It’s] mostly perception. As far as talent-wise, I match up with Kevin [Durant], LeBron, I match up with the best guys in the world,” Beasley said. “I’m not being cocky; it’s just always how I felt. But I got into trouble as soon as I got into the NBA, and it left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths.”

This fits right in line with Derrick Rose’s calling the Knicks one of the league’s two “super teams,” or the Knicks’ thinking that giving washed-up, injured Joakim Noah $72 million to sit on the bench and practice tying his ponytail would push the team over the edge.

For that reason, Beasley is the perfect Knick.

Two weeks after he joined the team on a one-year deal in September, he said that on half the floor, he’s pretty much Carmelo Anthony, who’s since been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“If you watch my game, really watch my game, my jab series, all that, I’m literally just Carmelo on the left side of the floor,” Beasley said. “Like I’ve known Carmelo since I was 13 years old, one of my best friends, one of the best players I’ve ever met. Me and him are from the same area. I can’t wait to play with him.”

There was a time when such proclamations were not so far-fetched.

Following his lone season at Kansas State, where he averaged 26.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game, NBA stardom seemed like a lock.

But the former consensus All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year has been a letdown since being drafted at No. 2 overall behind Rose in 2008, posting 12.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in an average career that’s included two stints in China.

Just wait until he taps into one more percent of his brain, though.