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Clippers G Patrick Beverley deserves to be in Defensive First Team, per Marcus Morris

Clippers, Patrick Beverley, Marcus Morris

He has only been with the team for a few weeks but Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris is already convinced of the defensive capability of his teammate Patrick Beverley.

Morris not only thinks of Beverley as a great teammate, but he would go as far as to call Beverley an All-Defensive First Team player.

While Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris are just recently teaming up on the Clippers, the two played together for two seasons from 2012 to 2014 when they were both members of the Houston Rockets.

The Clippers acquired Morris at the NBA trade deadline from the New York Knicks while sending Maurice Harkless and picks to the Bockers and Jerome Robinson to the Washington Wizards.

While his role in Los Angeles isn’t as big as it was in New York, the 6-foot-8 forward is in the midst of the best season of his career. He is averaging 18.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from deep.

As for Beverley, the veteran point guard has long been known for his defensive veracity and ability to disrupt rhythms of opposing players. In his third season as a Clipper, Beverley is averaging 8.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steal per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.

An All-Defensive team honor for Beverley at the end of the season would be the third such award in the 31-year-old guard’s career. He made All-Defensive First Team in 2017 and Second Team in 2014.