The Houston Rockets will be bringing back one of its own and most heralded players on the roster.
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We all now can breathe a sigh of relief that we were able to get him back and not let another team benefit from his talents.
Who am I talking about?
None other than Patrick Beverley!
Unless you’ve been under a rock lately, Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo Sports reported the news Friday evening:
Yes, the Wolverine has been locked in with the Rockets for four years and that’s definitely something that I’d like to hear!
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His path to the NBA was unorthodox and quite extreme — he elevated himself from the blacktops of Chi-Town to the harsh climates of Russia to finally making his way to the NBA.
The Rockets noticed his talents and they did their utmost to make sure that they were honed. Beverley has made a name for himself and that’s why he deserves every penny of his new deal.
I could only imagine — I know the man had tears in his eyes as he realized the fruits of his labor.
Just look at this tweet shortly after the news:
You know he gave or will give his mother a big hug because I’m sure she was big part of his success, continuing to motivate him to strive to do better.
That’s just what good Moms do.
But now that’s all settled, there’s an interesting question that needs to be addressed.
In his exit interview at the end of the season, James Harden expressed his desire for the Rockets bring in a play making point guard so that he doesn’t have to bring the ball up every rep.
In my opinion, I feel that’s a good move because the amount of turnovers Harden had last season could be reduced if someone else where to takeover those duties.
He’s not ball-handler but a natural scorer in his own right.
If Bev continued to start, the Rockets would not accomplish this goal as we know he’s more of a lock-down defender and spot-up shooter than anything else.
You know, the things he does well.
The Rockets need to go out and fulfill the Beard’s wishes and beef up the roster with a talented, dynamic point guard via trade.
So if this happens, should Bev come off the bench?
Even though he got quite a pay raise above the $900,000 or so that he made last season, I think he’d be best suited to come off the bench.
He could be that high-energy guy that he was when he was backing up Jeremy Lin eventually becoming the starter after Lin suffering quite a few woes — i.e. turnovers — on the court.
He did his most damage in that role and I don’t think there would be any problem in running a tandem of two talented guards at the one-spot.
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Hell, even Donatas Motiejunas is available but I’d doubt the Rockets would deal him, he’s is way too valuable to what the Rockets do.
You may think I’m crazy but he could easily win the Sixth Man of the Year Award in that role but that depends on who the Rockets land to help him out.
We’ll have to see.
Beverley, 26, averaged 10.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 3.4 APG in 56 games last season.