Feb 10, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) attempts to shoot the ball as Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) defends at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Areas to improve
Passing/playmaking – While the Rockets do not rely on Beverley to carry or lead the offense, it wouldn’t hurt Beverley to work on his passing and playmaking abilities since he will most likely be leading the second unit offense. Beverley is a poor passer (career 3 apg average, 4 apg per 36 minutes) and struggles to create his own shot, making it easier for defenses to focus more on players such as James Harden more.
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Shooting – Beverley’s field goal percentages throughout his career leave much to be desired. While he is a solid 36% three point shooter for his career, his overall field goal percentage for his career is only 40%.
In fact, Beverley actually shot a career low 38% from the field last season, which is worrisome. With Beverley likely coming off the bench and leading the second unit this season, he may see an increase in shots. It also means he’ll be more rested not having to defend the best opponent guard for large portions of the game which should help his legs and therefore his shot. That’s a good thing as it is important he improves his field goal percentage to be more effective.
Health – While it’s impossible for Beverley to “improve” his health and durability, there is good reason to believe that it would benefit Beverley to not play as physical a style of defense constantly. Beverley is undersized, and his style of play most certainly contributes to the plethora of injuries he has suffered in the past couple of seasons.
It is key that Beverley plays at least 70 games this season and doesn’t miss the postseason again because he provides important (defensive-minded) backup minutes at point guard. Beverley (and the coaching staff) must be smart when managing his style of play and minutes this season in order to keep him healthy and fresh for the playoffs.
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