Patrick Beverly loves to win

On Tuesday afternoon at the UCLA Health Training Center, Patrick Beverly spoke to the assembled reporters for the first time since the trade with the state of Utah that made him Laker.

“What I can add is the desire to be prepared every day,” Beverly opened. “I am a very detailed guy. Preparation is really big for me. My willpower. Getting ready to practice on time, getting ready to compete every day, preparing to win a lot of matches and maybe go to playoffs. Will factor.”

Beverly’s intensity and competitiveness helped his teams win games throughout his 10-year NBA career, moving from Houston to Clippers and Minnesota last season.

“I think he will be a great addition to the football club and a great tune-up,” said his new coach, Darvin Hamm. “Bolding, grinding, just being a dog there… I look forward to him having a real nice tone, especially on the defensive side of the ball, which is what we really need to improve on. That will take us where we need to go.”

Throughout his career, one thing about Beverly has been constant: His teams are better when he’s on the field.

He summed up, “I just love winning.”

Using an eye test to watch some of Beverley’s 526 career matches reveals this, but there’s also a brief statistic to measure a player’s impact on the field: the net rating.

Here are Beverly’s regular season net worth ratings:

Year: NetRtg (team rank *)
2012-13: 7.9 (1Street)
2013-14: 8.3 (1Street)
2014-2015: 2.7 (10The tenth)
2015-16: 3.5 (2second abbreviation)
2016-2017: 8.4 (T-3research and development)
2017-18: 6.0 (1Street)
2018-19: 4.0 (2second abbreviation)
2019-20: 10.2 (3research and development)
2020-21: 9.0 (3research and development)
2020-21: 9.0 (3research and development)
2021-22: 3.7 (5The tenth)

* Play minimum 10 games, 15 minutes per game

The net rating measures a team’s score difference per 100 possessions, and therefore, a player’s score difference when he is on the field. The higher a person’s rating, the better his team performed when he was on the field.

As we can see, Beverly has not only been in a positive state in each of his 10 seasons, but he has ranked first on his team three times, second twice, and third three times.

“I don’t know much about all of that,” said Beverly, who said he’s never really been interested in doing stats either. “I’m just going to be Pat. I’m going to compete at the highest level and I’ll enjoy that too… I love playing basketball. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. I love competition, and I want to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Post-season net valuation is more risky, not only because of the smaller sample size, but because of the wide disparity in discounting. For example, the 2015-16Rockets played the all-time great Golden State, losing 4-1; Beverly has a net rating of -13.1…but that was actually the third best rating on the team. So, in postseason +/- the rank within the team is usually more significant than the actual number:

Postseason +/-
2012-13: 2.8 (2second abbreviation)
2013-14: -0.6 (4The tenth)
2014-15: (DNP: ligament tear, left wrist)
2015-16: -13.1 * (3research and development)
2016-2017: 2.7 (4The tenth)
2017-18: (DNP: Right Knee Surgery)
2018-19: -13.9 (5The tenth)
2019-20: 3.8 (4The tenth)
2020-21: 0.6 (6The tenth)
2020-21: 0.6 (6The tenth)

Overall, Beverley’s net rating and team standings drop slightly in the playoffs. His general advantage in intensity and focus is more commonly adopted by teams and players in post-season settings, and he can become more dependent on his teammates as he is not a primary attacking maker. However, his influence on his colleagues remains.

“He cares about his teammates,” Hamm said. “He lives and breathes teams. He is a hell of an individual defender and a team. (His effect) is to win basketball. He made his presence felt so much.”

An area of ​​concern for Beverly: He’s struggled with a variety of injuries throughout his career that have brought him to an average of 52.6 games per season. Last season, Beverly missed one game with a sore left calf, six games with a left muscle strain, two games with a right thigh inflammation, eight games with a right ankle sprain, and one game with an eye injury. Besides the absence of health and safety protocols, he played in 58 matches, starting with 54.

Now, if you subtract his rookie year – in which he didn’t play a ton – and his 2017-18 season (11 games played due to a knee injury), his average game count looks a little better, at 59.3. But his most played was 78 (2018-19), followed by 71 in 2015-16.

Indeed, his ability to stay healthy for a season at the age of 34 will be important, especially given the availability of LeBron (45 games in 2020-21, 56 in 2021-22) and Anthony Davis (36, 40).

When asked how he feels now, he said, after completing a workout at the Lakers training ground: “Amazing, like I’m 19.”

Wolves were with him 33-25 last season, and 13-11 without him. As usual, Beverly’s team did better when on the ground, which is what I indicated on his piston.

He replied, “The Houston Rockets and Clippers.” “I just wanted to make sure you don’t forget a team… all three of them, you changed the culture. But I’m not here trying to change the culture, I’m just trying to implement what I feel has worked for the past years, and that’s (the closer) you are, the more you’re a team.” The more (time) you spend together, the better you’ll be as a team.If we can’t have those tough conversations between each other, you sure don’t have them in front of 20,000 people while the crowd is against you.

“The thing has always been camaraderie, team, team, team. You do that and you play hard, and you let the dominoes fall wherever they fall from there.”