Houston Rockets: Patrick Beverley Makes All-Defensive First Team
By Michael Knight
One Rockets guard has received the ultimate sign of defensive respect.
Point guard Patrick Beverley has made the All-Defensive First Team. This marks the second time that Beverley has made an All-Defensive team in his career. The first came in 2013-2014 when he earned a spot on the Second Team. Be sure to check out the defensive highlight video that the Rockets posted on Twitter.
Patrick Beverley is an outstanding defensive player and had one heck of a season for the Rockets. His nearly 6 rebounds per game were all hustle for a guy that only stands at 6’1. He completely deserves this recognition and it is nice to see a Rocket finally get some national attention. Another recognition might happen tonight with coach Mike D’Antoni for Coach of the Year and maybe even with James Harden for MVP. Though he may not be a Rocket next season, he always will be in the hearts of many fans.
Other players on the First Team include Clippers guard (maybe future Rocket?) Chris Paul, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, Warriors forward Draymond Green, and Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Beverley being named with these elite players is a cool to see for his value and his growth as a defensive beast. These players will get their recognition tonight at the NBA Awards Show on TNT, so be sure to watch!
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Trade Value Increase?
Due to Beverley making the All-Defensive First Team, his trade value might just be increasing. With Bev likely on the move this offseason, increased trade value could help the Rockets get a player like Paul George. Having a member of an All-Defensive team can probably increase the desire to get a deal done. A defensive player who can handle the ball like Beverley can help during the inevitable rebuild of the Pacers. Hopefully, a deal can happen soon so that more free agents will want to come play with James Harden.
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