Throughout his NBA career, Patrick Beverley has spent the majority of his time in the starting lineup. That changed immediately when Pat Bev made his way to Philadelphia and signed with the Sixers. The 35-year old veteran has been a bit of a journeyman throughout his 12 years in the NBA. Prior to signing with the Sixers in the offseason, Beverley had previous stops with the Rockets, Clippers, Timberwolves, Lakers, and Bulls.
By The Numbers
While Patrick Beverley is not new to playing on different teams in the NBA, his role with the Sixers is unlike one that he has had in quite some time.
In his 11 prior seasons in the NBA, Beverley spent significant time as a bench player in just two of those seasons, one being his 2012-13 rookie season. The only other time where he has spent signifiant time coming off the bench was with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2018-19 season. Beverley has played in 213 games since that season (not including his time with the 76ers) and had only 8 appearances off the bench. 205 of Beverley’s 213 most recent appearances have been in the starting lineup. He signed with Philadelphia in the offseason accepting the fact that his new role would be that of coming off the bench behind Tyrese Maxey. Playing behind an all-star hopeful point guard is a new phenomenon to Pat Bev, one that certainly is an adjustment for someone who has started over 500 games throughout his career.
Reasons to be optimistic
Through 18 games with the Sixers, Beverley appears to be growing more comfortable with his new role. He scored a season-high 12 points in the Sixers blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Beverley made 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. He also contributed a season-high 6 rebounds to go along with 3 assists in 24 minutes.
He has also been seen on the floor in some crucial moments late in games. Against the Cavaliers it was a Pat Bev floater with 16 seconds remaining that gave the Sixers the lead. This was his first made basket of the game. Sixers fans have to love what Pat Bev brings as far as physicality and toughness are concerned as well. While he may not be heading for a spot on his 4th NBA all-defensive team, he still is more than capable of making plays on the defensive side of the floor.