Nov 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (right) talks with Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry (left) during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Despite losing in five games to the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets managed to overachieve their expectations. Battling through the trenches of injuries, they fought hard and hung tough throughout the season. It’s nearly impossible to predict who may be injured next year but optimistically speaking, if Houston went into the playoffs with a healthy roster, there would still be room for improvement.
Patrick Beverley is a solid point guard in terms of defending well and not overstepping his boundaries offensively. He’s not the type to explode for an occasional 25+ point game but he contributes enough to remain on the floor. The intriguing question is:
Does Beverley deserve the starting position as floor general? He started 55 out of 56 games last year before suffering a broken wrist that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Acknowledging the Rockets’ style of play, he’s not a bad option as a starter but upgrading is not necessarily out of the question (or budget).
Beverley coming off the bench behind a more suitable PG would strengthen Houston’s sub-par second unit. He, along with Josh Smith and Corey Brewer,
would should be a defensive nightmare. He’s a restricted free agent and word on the street is that former Rockets’ player Chandler Parsons is attempting to recruit him. Beverley hasn’t made much money since his insertion to the league so hopefully (especially after this injury) he doesn’t get too greedy to where Houston wouldn’t be able to match opposing offers. But, he did have this reassuring bit to say:
“This is the only team in the league — I am very loyal — only team in the league that really took a chance on me,” Beverley said. “At the end of the day, I understand it’s a business.”
However, Beverley has told the Houston Chronicle that he has been gaining lots of consideration from other teams and that his agent has hinted at a nice paycheck. There’s no telling what’s in store for him.
Jason Terry is an unrestricted free agent and Pablo Prigioni unfortunately will be in a Rockets uniform next year (unless someone gets drunk and trades for him). I’m not undermining the success the two previously had prior to last season, but inserting them in place of Beverley made everyone realize the true depth of Beverley’s absence. Terry’s shooting efficiency was alright while Prigioni’s was cringing at 33.3% from the field and 29.3% from three. Austin Rivers, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry had epic performances in the playoffs versus the Rockets. If this postseason showed anything, it’s that you need a point guard that’s younger than 300 years old.
As much as I bash Terry and Prigioni, Beverley also lacks a component desperately required in order for the Rockets to become championship bound. What Houston needs is a point guard who can slash, but is willing to take the back seat. They need someone who can knock down open jumpers and occasionally take pressure off of James Harden.
Harden had a few monster games in the Western Conference Finals but during his stint of turnovers and inefficiency, he had no one else to turn to. Dwight Howard was exceptional but he’s not the type to dump the ball down low to and get you 30 points. A lot of his buckets are assisted. So, the type of point guard needed must fit the needs listed above and I’ve gathered a list of those I feel would benefit the Rockets.
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