Since entering the NBA, Patrick Beverley has always been on winning teams. Splitting time between the Houston Rockets and LA Clippers, he’s never been a stat sheet stuffer, but elevates the level of play and brings an edge that teams need.
With that in mind, Beverley was acquired by the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer and is set to be in a different situation than he’s used to. However, that doesn’t mean he expects anything less than greatness.
In a recent press conference, Beverley talked about the extremely high expectations he has for the Timberwolves this season. “I’ve made the playoffs every year since I’ve been in the NBA, and I don’t expect that to change,” said Beverley.
There’s no question that Beverley is a winner, but this Timberwolves team is quite different from the Clippers. While they have a ton of young talent, they were among the worst teams in the NBA last season.
In terms of being a mentor to young guys on the team and bringing energy with a defensive mindset, Beverley will be a solid contributor in Minnesota this season. However, unless things look very different for the Timberwolves than they did last season, he’s in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time in his career.
Last season with the Clippers, Beverley averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in primarily a starting role.