Should Patrick Beverley Start For The Lakers?
Since becoming a member of the Lakers, Patrick Beverley has struggled on the offensive end. Beverley has played in 18 games and is averaging 4.2 points per game, shooting 27% from the field and 22% from three-point range. All of these stats are career lows for Beverley. These stats stand out because he is a member of the Lakers' starting unit. Now the question remains, should Pat Bev be a starter for the Lakers moving forward?
Beverley is a player that teams love to have on their team but hate to play against. He has always been a defensive-minded player, as he was awarded NBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 2017 and was a 2x member of the All-Defensive Second Team. He also stands up for his teammates and will never let anyone be disrespected.
PATRICK BEVERLEY TRUCKED AYTON TO THR GROUND 🍿— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) November 23, 2022
YOU LOVE TO SEE IT. pic.twitter.com/KCcZ9Viu4O
The Lakers starting lineup since Russell Westbrook’s move to the bench consists of Schroder, Beverley, Walker, LeBron, and AD. Traditionally this starting unit is small due to it being a 3-guard lineup. Beverley has had experience being in the starting lineup and coming off the bench throughout his career.
Due to the size issue of the starting lineup, the ideal player in the starting five should be Troy Brown Jr. Brown has been one of the Lakers' key additions from the offseason.
Brown is averaging 8/5/1 while shooting 44% from the field and 33% from three. His offensive stats are not eye-popping, but he does play his role effectively. He contributes a lot on the defensive end as well.
LAL, who started the season so cold from the perimeter, are shooting 37.1% from 3 in the last 10 games, led by:— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 5, 2022
- Lonnie Walker IV: 46.9%
- LeBron: 46.8% (6 games) - Austin Reaves:46.7%
- Davis: 45.5%
- Wenyen Gabriel: 44.4%
- Troy Brown Jr.: 42.1%
Brown was a member of the starting unit to begin the season. Once Beverley returned from his 3-game suspension, Brown was demoted to a bench role.
A bench unit with Westbrook, Beverley, and Reaves would give teams a headache, as each guard can switch on defense along with Thomas Bryant and Wenyen Gabriel (when healthy).
Should Pat Bev be a starter?— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) December 9, 2022
What are your thoughts? Should Beverley be replaced in the starting unit with Brown, or should the lineup remain the same?