EuroCup Stepping Stones: Patrick Beverley

Jul 16, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
EuroCup Stepping Stones: Patrick Beverley

Long before Patrick Beverley was known as one of the top defenders in the NBA, he was plying his trade and learning the value of teamwork in Europe. Beverley is one of a number of American players who left the United States first to then thrive upon their return. The native of Chicago attended the University of Arkansas, but ahead of the 2008-09 season, he was ruled ineligible for academic reasons. He ended up signing a contract with Dnipro of Ukraine. At 20 years of age, Beverley starred for the team, averaging 16.7 points 7.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals in the 2008-09 season. That performance caught the attention of the NBA and he was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft, landing with Miami. Beverley ended up playing the 2009-10 season for EuroLeague powerhouse Olympiacos Piraeus, and he averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 19 EuroLeague games and helped Olympiacos reach the EuroLeague Championship Game, where it lost to FC Barcelona. Beverley remained without a team the following season until January 2011, when he joined Spartak St Petersburg of Russia. Spartak moved into the EuroCup the next season, making Beverley one of the few players who played in the EuroLeague before debuting in the EuroCup.

EuroCup experience

Beverley showed right away in the EuroCup what he could do, collecting 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block for an index rating of 27 in the first game against Cedevita. He added a 17-point, 6-rebound contest versus FC Bayern Munich during the regular season in which he averaged 10.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals. He started the Last 16 at Buducnost VOLI Podgorica with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal for a PIR of 27. For the six games in the Last 16, Beverley collected 15.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals. In the opening game of the quarterfinals against CEZ Nymburk, Beverley stood out as he picked up 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. He had 4 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals in the second game to get Spartak to the semifinals. Beverley did all he could in the semis with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block, but Spartak was beaten by fellow Russian side Khimki Moscow Region. For the season, he finished eighth among EuroCup players in scoring (13.3 ppg.), ninth in assists (3.7) and first in steals (1.9) for an average index rating of 17.2, second-best in the competition. As a result, Beverley was named EuroCup MVP for the 2011-12 season as part of the All-EuroCup First Team. Beverley started the 2012-13 EuroCup season with Spartak and collected 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in the regular season. But his European career would end in December 2012 when he left for the United States to join Houston in the NBA.

What came after

Beverley started to make his name in Houston over the rest of that first season in the NBA. In the 2013-14 season, he averaged 10.1 points and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team despite playing just 56 games due to injuries. Beverley’s 2014-15 season ended prematurely in March with a wrist injury, but that didn't stop Houston from re-signing him to a four-year contract. In 2016-17, Beverley averaged 9.5 points to go along with career highs of 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists while also snatching 1.5 steals. He earned a spot on the 2017 NBA All-Defensive First Team as well as the Hustle Award. After playing in the playoffs four times with Houston, Beverley was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2017 off-season. His 2017-18 season was cut short after just 11 games to have knee surgery. He returned in January 2019 and played a career-high 78 games and averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in the 2018-19 campaign. And Beverley collected 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 48 games in 2019-20 before the season was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.