Patrick Beverley had another great year for the Rockets.
Who would have ever imagined that in an offseason where Chris Paul, Kyle Lowry, and George Hill are in free agency that a large amount, if not all, of the Rocket fan base would agree with the statement, “No thanks, I’m good with Patrick Beverley.” Patrick Beverley AKA “Mr. 94 feet” is simply the heart and soul of the Houston Rockets.
We can pull up the numbers of Patrick Beverley this season and those alone will validate Pat’s production this season. I can repeat the record-breaking stat that we have seen posted on many sites that Patrick Beverley is the 1st player in NBA history to average 5.9 rebounds a game and make more than 100 3 point field goals while standing 6 ft. 1 or under. Or of course, we can just look at his stat line for the season of 9.5 Points 5.9 Rebounds and 4.2 Assists per game.
That all being said, we all know as real Clutch City fans that 99% of what Pat does for the Rockets can’t be measured by a box score and his biggest attribute really can’t be measured at all, and that’s heart.
He has the desire to play
This seasons the admiration for Beverley kept getting higher and higher. He stuck to a blueprint that he has drawn out his entire career. From overcoming a made mistake in college with a scandal, being left undrafted to go play overseas and becoming a bonafide globetrotter, until finally landing a job in the NBA with the Houston Rockets. He eventually beat out a global superstar Jeremy Lin for a starting spot and his story with the team goes on and on from there.
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His biggest highlight this year was more than a play, shot, or a stat. It was a statement of will. These last playoffs weren’t any different when Patrick took the court in the Conference Semifinal Game 3 vs. the San Antonio Spurs literally minutes after finding out that his grandfather had passed away. That game he was still the Rockets’ heart even though he had a broken one. That’s what makes Pat, Pat.
The fact is that this season for Patrick Beverley was not very different than the rest. If the Rockets need a rebound, a steal, a taken charge, a screen, a hustle play, an assist, and why not even a bucket, you can call his number and he’ll go and get it for you. No questions asked.