Houston Rockets Year-end Review: Patrick Beverley

By James Chung
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Jan 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) attempts to drive the ball past Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Whether Beverley stays in Houston or ends up playing for another team come next season, he should be a solid piece to any team.

Looking forward, it makes sense for Houston to consider upgrading their point-guard situation regardless of whether Beverley stays or leaves.

If he stays, there will be some healthy competition at the point-guard position, and ultimately, head coach Kevin McHale can then rely on two natural point guards to run the system.

“He’s relentless and he makes you work.” – Steph Curry

The reality nowadays in the NBA is that the point-guard is one of the most crucial positions to address because it’s become a point-guard’s league.

The top players can handle the ball, score at will, and they’re usually really quick on their feet. Beverley can run with the best of them.

Steph Curry’s just one of his peers that have said good things about his game and what he brings to the table. Curry says in the video featured below that Beverley is a great defender. “He’s relentless and he makes you work.”

If you ask me, I’d think every coach loves having guys like that on their team. And players may not admit it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if players had particular peers they lace their kicks just a little bit tighter for (based on marquee match-ups or their team needing them to play at an elevated level).

You see it happen all the time.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are without their starting point-guard in Kyrie Irving, and they’ve asked their backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova to fill some big shoes. Of course, it’s a total team effort, but each individual player has a ton of pride to try and rise to the occasion.

Watch the video if you’d rather hear it for yourself.

You usually hear teammates tell you how so-and-so makes them play better or the team better as a whole, but when your peers that you face in good competition speak up and have high words about your game, it lets you know there is respect.

In the video, Curry says, “He makes me better. I love that challenge. You know that’s his mission on the night to come in and try to stop you in any way, shape or form he can.”

I’m pretty sure if the MVP of the league approves of your game, there’s something of merit to those words.

I can’t speak on Curry’s behalf, but I’d imagine he’d give a ton of credit to a bulk of his teammates that share the ball-handling duties for the Warriors.

Guys like Leandro Barbosa, Shaun Livingston, and Andre Iguodala all chip in, and I think when you’ve got a guy like Beverley leading your team at the point-guard spot, you’ve got something good there. You’ve got a guy who is mature enough to lead a team, and now if you just find one or two guys to help in the ball-handling duties, you give your team an opportunity to be really aggressive at the most prominent position in the NBA today.

I’ll cover options for Houston to find backcourt help for Beverley and his teammates in my next column.

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In the meantime, let’s end things on a good note.

Here’s NBA Inside Stuff highlighting Beverley’s contributions this past season both on and off the court.  

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