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Why Patrick Beverley Should Be a Heavy Favorite For Most Improved Player of The Year!

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Patrick Beverley For Most Improved?

Who would have thought that Patrick Beverley would be the point guard of the future for the Los Angeles Clippers?  On June 28th, the Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and a protected 2018 first-round pick.

Now that Beverley has assumed the starting point guard role it’s safe to say he will be in serious contention for the most improved player award. Think about it, Beverley has had to fight for every minute of playing time since his college career.

Started From The Bottom:

The 29-year-old guard was drafted in 2009, by the Los Angeles Lakers, only to have his rights traded to the Miami Heat. From 2009 to 2010 the guard played with the Olympiacos Piraeus in the EuroLeague.

In 2010 Beverley played with the Miami Heat during the 2010 NBA Summer League but would be cut. From 2011 to 2012 the former Houston Rocket would find himself back in the Euro League playing for the Spartak St. Petersburg basketball club.

Houston To Los Angeles:

In 2013, the former Euro League star would catch a break and receive an opportunity to play for the Rockets. So for all those who say the 6’1 guard is a dirty player, that is not the case. Beverley has been through the fire and had to earn his keep in the NBA.

A lot of people fail to realize that Beverley may be the guard Doc Rivers needs in order to take the next step. I am not saying that the former Razorback is better than CP3, but he may be better suited for “Rivers philosophy”.

With the Clippers indicating that Blake Griffin is the future, you need to build around him. When CP3 was in Los Angeles it was his team for the most part which boxed the former Oklahoma Sooner in a secondary role. Both Beverley and Griffin were used to playing Robin in their former years.

While playing in Houston, the 2017 All-Defensive First Team guard constantly deferred to James Harden. During the 2016-17 season, Harden was moved to the point guard slot, which left the former Arkansas guard out to dry.

Despite playing in the shadows of Harden, the Chicago native was able to average 9.5 points, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals a game. The 6’1 guard’s numbers from last season were impressive considering the fact that he wasn’t the primary ball handler.

Ways To Improve:

In order to seal the deal for most improved player Beverley needs to:

  • Buy into the Clippers philosophy
  • Continue to play physical Defense
  • Work on your shot (improve from down town)
  • Run the offense
  • Be confident
  • Listen to Rivers

Keep an eye out for Patrick Beverley because he will be playing like a man possessed. Rivers will further mentor the former Razorback and help him take the next step. Expect to see his assists increase now that he doesn’t have to defer to the beard. (James Harden)

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