Now that the Clippers’ 2020 season has reached its disappointing end, 213Hoops will work through the roster player-by-player for our “Exit Interview” series. Today’s exit interview features starting point guard Patrick Beverley.

Basic Information

Height: 6’1″
Weight: 180 lbs.
Position: Point Guard
Age: 32
Years in NBA: 8

Key Stats: In 51 regular season appearances, played 26.3 minutes per game while averaging 7.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals while shooting 43.1% from the field and 38.8% from three.

In 8 playoff appearances, played 20.8 minutes per game and averaged 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 3.9 fouls per game while shooting 51.3% from the field and 36.4% from three.

Contract Status: Entering the second year of a 3-year, $40,000,000 contract. Bev will make $13.3M in 2021.

Expectations

For a Clippers team lacking a true third star, Patrick Beverley came into the season as the Clippers third most important player. Their starting–and only–point guard, he was responsible for running the team’s offense (though most of the creation would happen at the hands of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on the wings), serving as a point of attack defender, and being an emotional leader to set the tone on a nightly basis.

The knocks on Beverley are his limitations offensively and his inconsistent availability. He’s always been a role player on offense, averaging between 10-12 points and 4-5 assists per 36 minutes. But he’s steady–unlike higher-usage guards like Clippers mid-season acquisition Reggie Jackson, Beverley avoids turnovers and low-efficiency possessions, making good decisions and keeping the trains running on time. As long as you can get the primary source of your offense elsewhere, Pat is going to help things go smoothly.

The availability question is a bit trickier. Despite a career-best 78 appearances in 2018-19, Beverley has an established track record of missing big chunks of the season. He played just 11 games in 2017-18, his first season in LA, but even going back through his four full seasons in Houston, he averaged just 62.5 games per year. If one of the key questions surrounding Beverley going into the season was whether or not he was good enough to be the Clippers’ point guard, the larger was whether or not Beverley would stay on the court enough for it to matter how good he was.

Reality

It might be easy to say that Beverley’s season ended up being a bit of disappointment, but the areas where he helped and hurt the Clippers were largely predictable. The team posted stellar advanced metrics with Pat on the court, and the intermittent offensive execution woes that plagued them all year–from dry spells in the early weeks of the season to playoff collapses–probably had more to do with the team’s lack of cohesion offensively than Beverley’s individual skillset.

The biggest problem with Pat this year was that instead of having him for 32 minutes a night in their 712 games, they had him for 26 minutes a night in 51 appearances, and instead of 32 minutes a night in 13 playoff games, the Clippers had him for 20 minutes a night in 8. In total, he’s been available for less than two-thirds of the team’s games since they acquired him in 2017–150/236.

Beyond health concerns, Beverley often limits his own impact by getting into foul trouble. In his 8 playoff appearances, he averaged nearly 7 fouls per 36 minutes of play, and took himself off the court in second-round losses where the Clippers needed him by having 5 fouls in just 15 minutes in their game 2 loss and fouling out in 17 minutes of play in game 6. Everyone gets in foul trouble sometimes, but as Beverley has aged and his defensive effectiveness has waned (despite being on the All-Defense 2nd team this year), he’s attempted to compensate for it by scaling up his extra-curricular activity. For a player who is known for his defense, Beverley is a significantly better decision-maker on offense than defense, and he often picks up extra fouls that send him to the bench in situations where he should clearly know better.

Future with Clippers

Beverley just signed a 3-year deal with the Clippers last summer, and he’s probably pretty likely to be back as the team’s starting point guard heading into next season. At 32 years old and with two hefty seasons left on his contract, he isn’t a super attractive trade piece, so his value on the Clippers is likely larger than his value would be in a trade.

Making the guard rotation work around Pat, though, is a trickier task. The Clippers need to find a more stable backup point guard than they had last season to provide insurance for Beverley’s availability issues–but finding a player who can keep the starters on track in Beverley’s stead and also play alongside Lou Williams and Landry Shamet in an undersized, poor defensive second unit may prove impossible.

If the Clippers enter next season with those three as their primary guards again, they’ll have the same weaknesses: Beverley’s availability, Williams’ defense, particularly in tandem with Shamet, and the lack of a true pass-first point guard. But those three also have major strengths, and shaking up the rotation without a clear upgrade could ultimately make the team worse.

If the Clippers choose to pursue a major upgrade at guard, Beverley’s large salary likely becomes the centerpiece of a move–with Williams’ $8M expiring and the young Shamet also possible inclusions. If the Clippers can find a way to land a player like Chris Paul (who has been linked to the Knicks and Bucks), Jrue Holiday, or Ricky Rubio, it’s likely that Beverley would be the financial centerpiece of such a trade. Will the Clippers be able to swing such a deal? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Lucas Hann

Lucas Hann

Lucas has covered the Clippers since 2011, and has been credentialed by the team since 2014. He co-founded 213Hoops with Robert Flom in January 2020.  He is a graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA and St. John's University in Queens, NY.  He earned his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.

51 Comments

  • Avatar jbugs says:

    Bev just needs to be in an offense with better ball movement. The dude was amazing in the 18-19 season and was generally great playing alongside james harden. This year, in the playoffs, his offensive performance fell victim to the general offensive issues that plagued this team. That, and his inability to play big minutes. I still think Bev has a place going forward as part of the core of this team. He’s on a cheap enough deal and he’s young enough. He also is able to add a ton of value without the ball in his hands. It’s just a matter of whether we could find the right guys to move the ball.

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      I don’t even think Bev was an issue for the Clippers offensively this year. Could they get more offense from a different player? Sure, but Pat’s a role player, not a 3rd star. That’s how it goes.

      The issue wasn’t what he did offensively when it was on the floor, it was how infrequently he was on the floor. He only played like 1500 of the team’s 4100 minutes this year. That’s… a lot of minutes of Lou Williams bad defense or third-string mediocrity.

      • Avatar TF12 says:

        ” Sure, but Pat’s a role player, not a 3rd star.”

        I think this is why there Bev might become a casualty of a trade for need. You’re right, he’s a role player and not a 3rd star, but for the Clippers, the lineup metrics express that his performance is as important to the team as a 3rd star would be. And as you say, because the issue is how infrequently he stays on the floor, I don’t think you can rely on that for the upcoming season. In my mind, the probability of him being moved is high, as is Lou Williams.

        • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

          I think he should be very available for the right move… I just don’t see any of the really great possibilities (like Rubio or Holiday) being realistic. As we get into the swing of things in a few weeks there will be tons of chatter, guys will become available, teams will blow up their roster, someone will draft a new PG and want to trade their veteran, etc. We’ll have to see what opportunities emerge.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    ●DAL
    ・Delon Wright : 28 year-old, 6’5″ PG, Salary: 20-21:$9M & 21-22:$8.5M

    ●Bulls
    ・Tomáš Satoranský : 28 year-old, 6’7″ PG, Salary: 20-21:$10M & 21-22:$10M

    ●OKC
    ・Chris Paul

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    Only two things I wanna see Bev improve on next season:

    1. Health
    2. Fewer dumb fouls 90 ft away from the basket

  • Avatar Javi DG says:

    I believe one major problem the Clips have faced this season is about conceding the leader roles to both Pat and Lou. Dont take me wrong, they are great players who both can excel for sure in a system that puts them in the position to do it, i.e. Pat being a secondary playmaker and standing at the 3p line with occasional cuts, and Lou being a pick&roll master with little responsability on D.

    The point is no Finals team since I remember have ever featured a play-in leader, I dont mean the 2020 Haslem locker leader type, who isnt at best one of the two most important and impactful players in the court (no need to say that, at least theorically, they are Kawhi and PG for us). Think about it, Kawhi has been always surrounded by strong vocal leaders as Lowry and Timmy or Manu, and PG, for what we know, neither is that type of pressure guy. GSW dinasty years had Curry and even Draymond, Cavs obviously had Lebron, Kobe’s Lakers, Garnett’s Celtics, heck even Billups and Rasheed’s Pistons.

    If a team wants to make a long run at the Playoffs, it will have to face some really difficult moments, and this is when you need to get the bucket, but also to get the enough confidence to shoot knowing it will go in. Just watch postgame interview Lowry gave after the bouncy Kawhi shot vs Philly last year. You can see the passion, you can see the confidence he had already put in the play and in that same result.

    We have Lou and Pat and we have to be thankful for having them in the roster, with such friendly deals, but we gotta upgrade our leadership. We have two stars who, even if they are a little redundant, have proved they can put up stats and win us games. What they have been incapable of prove is that they can be our leader while also being one of our most important players. Thats why I believe CP can do wonders in this team, not only in the obvious terms of playmaking, but in a leader role. Sure, he has to prove himself at deep PO yet, but we can agree he is a emotional guy who can run the confidence game perfectly.

  • Avatar Goons 1 says:

    A trade for Jrue can be had BUT a 3rd &/or 4th teams would need to be involved..

    Pat $13 mil, Lou $8 mil & mcgruder $5 mil is more than enough $ to take Jrues $25 mil

    That’s where other teams would need to get involved to help facilitate the trade cuz there’s ZERO chance N.O. would accept the trade straight up.. Only way I see a trade possible here is with Philly & okc getting involved..

    Clips get – Jrue & Josh Rich

    Pels get – Pat, Lou, Mcgruder, Zhaire, Ferguson, Pelle, Clips 2nd, Philly 1st & 2nd + okc 1st

    Philly gets – cp & JJ

    OKC gets – Tobias, Noah, trez & Philly 1st & 2nd

    Hinges on okc wanting trez at 3/$45 (1 year left on Adams contract) & Tobias (replacement for Gallo); gets another big contract in Tobias but ALOT younger

    Philly gets a shooter & pure pg; Horford would be the contract they’d want to trade, but don’t see anyone taking on his contract

    N.O. gets plenty of moveable contracts + a plethora of picks since they’re still 2-3 years away from competing

    Clips obviously get the pg they desire in Jrue + a great shooter/scorer & defender with good length at the 2/3 in Josh

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    McGruder
    20-21: $5M
    21-22: $5M (becomes guaranteed if not waived by July 15, 2021)

    • Avatar Goons 1 says:

      Mcgruder will be waived by whichever team he ends up with after next year so no need to worry about that last year lol he just needs to be involved in whatever trade gets done since he’s owed $5 mil

  • Avatar Minion94 says:

    The team should start Sham and put in an offensive system. Bev moves to the bench, less minutes for health, shores up Lou’s defensive shortcomings.

  • Avatar imbat boyar says:

    Bev-Pg-Kawhi-Morris(harkless/PatPat)-Zubac lineup couldn’t had ball movement even with Spoelstra on the coaching tbh. If we are serious to address that problem I think one of Beverley or PG needs to go in order to find that faciliator. Neither one of them has me believe they can be that faciliator.

    Otoh, I don’t have any idea who the coach will be so It’s early to speak about personel change too deeply.

  • Darius Miles Forever Darius Miles Forever says:

    If we can get rid of Lou & Trez and acquire solid point guard, …

    Starter: point guard/George/Kawhi/Morris(please stay)/Zu
    2nd unit: Bev/Sham/JaMychal/Noah(or other veteran big man)

  • Avatar Alan Ng says:

    Congrats to Lawrence Franks for winning exec of the year. Too bad it didn’t translate to a more successful season because of you know who….

  • Avatar World B. We says:

    I’m hoping we keep Bev and somehow it shapes up to be something close to this🙏

    Jrue//Bev//Mann//*2-way contract
    Shamet//Lou//*Coffey
    Kawhi//Morris//McGruder//57th pick
    Green////Patterson
    Zubac////Mifi

    ‘s filled in with the mid level exception & whoever we can nab in a mid season Montrezl trade

    Anyone think there’s a chance in hell the Pels would take Playoff Piss in exchange for a different LA kid?