Patrick Beverley Opens Up About Defensive Mindset

If there’s one thing that Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley is known for, it’s his intensity and defense. With the Houston Rockets and LA Clippers throughout his career, he has established himself as one of the better perimeter defenders in the NBA. 

Defense often comes down to effort and making the offensive player uncomfortable. For a guy like Beverley, sticking as close as he can to who he’s defending is a top priority. 

“People don’t like to be touched and I like touching a lot of people,” said Beverley of his defensive mindset in a recent interview. 

On a Timberwolves team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2017-18 season, Beverley will be a key veteran. His defensive mindset will be crucial, as several of the young players on the roster have it figured out offensively, but lack the defensive efficiency. 

Beverley will look to get Minnesota off to a good start when they kick off their regular season on Oct. 20 against the Rockets.