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Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander says Patrick Beverley is lock for 1st Team All-Defense

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Patrick Beverley, Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers rookie Shai-Gilgeous Alexander made the pitch for teammate Patrick Beverley as a First-Team All Defense honoree.

The Toronto native from the University Kentucky has seen firsthand how Beverley tends to his business in practice and on the court. He raved about his veteran teammate’s defense.

Without question, Patrick Beverley is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. The 30-year-old’s peskiness and aggressiveness on defense have earned him this reputation. He often takes the challenge against the best perimeter players on the opposing team, and tries to get under their skin to distract them out of their game.

Beverley’s impact on the court certainly doesn’t show up in the box score. He averages just 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and less than a steal per game for the Clippers this season. However, despite his lackluster statistical production, he still plays nearly 27 minutes a game for coach Doc Rivers.

Many people from the Clippers organization have raved about how important Patrick Beverley has been for Los Angeles this season. It helps that he has been relatively healthy for the Clippers after having an injury-riddled campaign in which he played just 11 games in 2017-18. Without question, his mentality and attitude have become contagious for the team. The Clippers compete and play hard every night.

The Clippers have become one of the best feel-good stories of the NBA this season. Operating without a legitimate star to lead them, they have surprisingly made the postseason, punching their ticket this past week. This comes even after they had traded arguably their best player, Tobias Harris, at the trade deadline in February.