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Doc Rivers explains why young players should look at Patrick Beverley

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L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is happy fellow Chicago native Patrick Beverley is on his team.

The Clippers defeated the Denver Nuggets on Friday by a final score of 132-103. Beverley played 21 minutes and didn’t score, but he was probably the happiest guy on the bench.

It’s little things like that which make Rivers proud of Beverley:

The Clippers have enough guys on their team to score the ball. Beverley knows his role in LA. He’s the heart and soul of the team. His energy on defense makes the Clippers who they are.

Beverley has appeared in 43 games for the Clippers this season. He’s averaging 8.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Beverley re-signed with the Clippers this past summer on a three-year deal worth $40 million. He also re-signed with Adidas on a new multi-year shoe deal in September. He doesn’t have a signature shoe with Adidas like Damian Lillard, James Harden, and Derrick Rose, but he’s still one of the more high-profile players to have an endorsement deal with the company.

The Clippers are 40-19 on the season. They are in second place in the Western Conference standings, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers.

For the first time in franchise history, the Clippers are legitimate title contenders with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George leading the way. They are already 2-0 against LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Lakers this season.