Pat Beverley, PG, Los Angeles Clippers
Let me present to you exhibit A:
I rest my case.
Nothing gets NBA fans fired up quite like a mention and a few eye emojis. Would this be fun to see? Yes. Does it make sense? Yes. Will Beverley actually be useful for a young team looking to make the playoffs for the first time in 3 years? Yes.
The answer to the last question should be pretty evident as Beverley helped the Clippers get to the playoffs and made KD look ineffective for the good part of two games. Beverley can bring his defensive intensity, something needed with the loss of Harrison Barnes.
Statistically speaking, Beverley had a relatively down year with the Clippers. He only averaged 7.6 PPG, 3.8 APG, and .9 STPG on 40 percent shooting from the field. Some things did stay the same as he grabbed 5 rebounds per game and still shot around 40% from 3 point land. Beverley has never had Russell Westbrook type stats but 8 points in 28 minutes isn’t very encouraging.
People like Beverley are why we look at advanced statistics so attentively. Beverley’s true shooting percentage was 56.1%, which is well above average. He shoots a 3 point shot 59% of the time; his consistency from three is exactly what the Mavs need. His usage rate last season was only 12.2%; this could explain his lack of production but his percentages in assists, rebounds, and steals weren’t significantly lower than one would expect. His was still productive on the court even if he wasn’t asked to play as much.
Beverley brings the mentality and intensity a young team needs and also brings a low price tag. He’s had plenty of experience playing with some good ball handlers in James Harden, Blake Griffin, Lou Williams. Beverley’s ability to play off-ball is extremely important with the way the Mavericks play through Luka.