Patrick Beverley continues to be the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets despite GM Daryl Morey bringing in a number of PG’s to compete for the starting position.
After 4 seasons, Patrick Beverley had made something abundantly clear; only certain players have the capacity to play the point when sharing the floor with James Harden. While many have attempted to find a working chemistry offensively with Harden it’s been the defense of Beverley, 3-point shooting and willingness to play off the ball which has kept him in the starting line-up.
Thinking back to Raja Bell, there may be an easy transition for Beverley into the new schemes though it’s doubtful he’ll be tasked with an increased offensive now that Eric Gordon is part of the roster.
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In the 2015-16 season Beverley’s stat line read: 9.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 40.0% from the perimeter and 43.4 from the field. He also recorded his most games on court in his career playing 71 games and starting in 63.
Beverley scored in double digits 35 times, had over 5 rebounds on 23 occasions, dished over 5 assists on 18 occasions and posted 3 or more steals in 11 games.
His top 3 performances can be narrowed to the following occasions:
On January 10th in a game versus the Pacers he scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
On March 31 facing the Chicago Bulls he scored 22 points, had 5 rebounds and 7 assists:
And on April 10th facing the Lakers he posted 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal:
To reiterate, while Gordon will pick up a good portion of playing time, Beverley’s dogged defense and similarity to Raja Bell should find him ample playing time in D’Antoni’s schemes.
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