Stock fading: Patrick Beverley
Daryl Morey gave Pat Bev his first shot in the NBA back in 2012, and the duo reunited this summer with the 6’1 guard signing a one-year veteran minimum contract with the 76ers. Philadelphia needed another ball-handler with the James Harden uncertainty looming. Beverley is a veteran ready to play whatever role necessary to win.
He brings energy and defense to any roster, but his performance has been forgettable so far in Philly. Beverley averaged just 2.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 17.1 minutes per game through the first six contests. Pat Bev is eighth on the team in minutes per game, but 11th in points.
Is Father Time finally catching up with Mr. 94 Feet? He is averaging his lowest playing time since his rookie campaign and has made just one of six from 3-point range on the year. The Sixers offense has been atrocious with him on the floor, and the 6’1 guard is in danger of falling out of the rotation entirely if his play does not improve.
Patrick Beverley is still playing stout defense and bringing the trash talk. Is that enough to keep him on the floor? The Philadelphia 76ers certainly need more, including him to sink open shots. Pat Bev is off to a slow start, but fans should not be panicked yet.