Apr 4, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT
Rockets guard Patrick Beverley plays with a chip on his shoulder.
But that always makes Beverley a player who must be accounted for, especially when he’s on defense.
He knows that, and he wants credit for it.
Beverley, via Sean Deveney of Sporting News:
“(All-Defense) was one of my goals going into this year,” Beverley said. “Hopefully, people see that the way I play defense is top-notch in the NBA and I can make the All-Defensive team. … I think very few people do what I do defensively to change a basketball game. That’s what I do, I put my team in a good situation to win basketball games with my defense. I think it’s rare that you see that kind of gift that people have in the NBA but I am able to have fun with it.”
Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting its one-day $1.2 million Fantasy Basketball Championship on Friday night. The Championship has a $120,000 first place prize. You can buy in directly for $200. Starts at 7pm ET on Friday. Here’s the FanDuel link.
Beverley definitely has a chance to nab one of the four guard spots on the All-Defensive teams. It’s a pretty wide open race, and the field also includes Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Lance Stephenson, George Hill and John Wall.
Playing for the NBA’s 11th-best defense doesn’t exactly help Beverley, but the fact that Houston plays like the league’s sixth-best defense when he’s on the court should. Without a doubt, the Rockets giving Beverley an expand role has improved their defense from last season.
But if Beverley really wants to make an All-Defensive team, the best thing he can do is get back on the court. He reiterated his plan to return during the regular season, and that would improve his case for the honor. All-Defensive team shouldn’t be just about who defends best when on the court, but also who makes the largest defensive impact, a criterion heavily influenced by playing time.
Even if Beverley hasn’t played enough this season to warrant votes – he’s already missed 21 games – he’s just 25. He’ll have opportunities to make the All-Defensive team in future seasons.
I suspect, though, Beverley would take a slight this season personally – which could make him even more of a defensive bulldog in future seasons.
- Five teams poised to make a big leap forward this season 0
- Steve Nash to miss entire 2014-15 season with ongoing back injuries 42
- Jeanie Buss: ‘Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser’ 64
- ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 Preview: Memphis Grizzlies 7
- Five top candidates for NBA Rookie of the Year 30
- NBA GMs surveyed predict LeBron will win MVP, Spurs will repeat as champions 31
- Owners vote down NBA Draft lottery reform, system to stay same for this season 47
- ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 preview: Houston Rockets 26