Beau Beech finds inspiration for his NBA journey in a lot of places — family, a promise he made his college coach at North Florida and two players who despite setbacks found success at the NBA level ... Tyler Johnson and Jeremy Lin. Like them, Beech went undrafted, received only a training camp invite and is most likely bound for the D-League.
"I know it definitely can be done," Beech told Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders. "I’m sure if I ask Tyler how he did it, he’d just say hard work. Jeremy Lin on our team is another great example. It seems almost half of the league at this point has played all over the world.
"I know that nobody wants to go through the whole D-League process; you can ask Tyler and Jeremy and I’m sure they’d agree. But look at where it’s gotten them now. It’s made them stronger and made them better basketball players and they understood what it was going to take to where they are now."
Beech received a modest guarantee, $45,000, from the Nets after playing well, if inconsistently in the Las Vegas summer league. Unlike Yogi Ferrell and Egidijus Mockevicius, he wasn’t on any draftnik’s radar, didn’t make any college top 100 list. But the Nets liked what they saw in him a 6’9" shooting guard and gave him a chance.
He averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 33 percent from three-point range. He scored in double figures in three of those contests and wrapped up his Summer League campaign by scoring 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range. But he also had a miserable 0-for-9 game from deep in a game vs. the Hawks.
"It is just Summer League, but in the same breath, Summer League is correlated to the NBA," Beech told Basketball Insiders. "What happens in Summer League may not be a direct correlation right away, but it definitely has the same kind of game flow, the same schemes and the same thinking for coaches and players. It’s on a smaller scale, but it’s definitely good to have had that experience underneath my belt and it definitely gave me a lot more confidence going into camp...
"I just can’t wait to get that feeling back again [being with the guys]. Plus, it’s in Brooklyn, NY, so it’s not a bad place to be."