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New Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley: ‘I am not Chris Paul’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Not the same player.Or person.“Let me reiterate, I am not Chris Paul,” Beverley said during a news conference to introduce several of the newest Clippers acquired when they traded Paul to the Houston Rockets last month rather than lose Paul for nothing via free agency.“Understand, he’s not me either,” Beverley added.So, just who is Beverley, Paul’s likely replacement as the Clippers’ point guard? PLAYA VISTA >> Patrick Beverley wished to make one thing perfectly clear Tuesday morning.“I am not Chris Paul,” he said forcefully.Same position.Similar size.center_img For starters, he stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 185 pounds.Paul is 6 feet, 175 pounds, by way of comparison.Beverley, 29, played the past five seasons with the Rockets, shifting from point guard last season to shooting guard to play alongside James Harden, giving Houston a more dynamic backcourt. Beverley averaged 9.5 points on 42 percent shooting, plus 4.2 assists.Additionally, he was named to the NBA’s all-defensive team in 2016-17.“First team,” as he pointed out, wagging his index finger.Beverley relishes his role as an agitator, a disruptor, a general pain in the neck for opponents.In other words, he fit perfectly into Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ offseason wish list. If the Clippers couldn’t keep Paul, then Rivers wanted “hard-working, tough-minded guys” on the 2017-18 roster. Beverley proved the point by distancing himself from Paul in no uncertain terms.“I think most people see hard-working guys who are agitators on the floor and they don’t give them the basketball IQ part of it,” Rivers said of Beverley. “But I’ve been most impressed with the IQ part of it, his knowledge. He does homework. He studies the league.“I think a lot of people who don’t know these (types of) guys think they just show up and play hard. They don’t see the other part of it. He knows every guard (in the NBA). He knows every player. I’ve been really impressed with that.”If Rivers wanted players with chips on their shoulders, then he got one in Beverley, whose career took him on a winding path after the Lakers drafted him in the second round (42nd overall) in 2009 and, having just won the NBA championship, had no use for him.The Lakers traded him to the Miami Heat for cash and a second-round draft pick in 2011.Beverley didn’t make his NBA debut until 2012-13, after signing with the Rockets as a free agent. He had already played in Greece and Russia, sandwiched around an NBA Summer League stint with the Heat, by the time he hooked on with the Rockets.Standout defensive play is how he earned his place in the NBA, and it’s what’s kept him there.“Don’t ever forget what got you into the door, and defense got me in,” he said.Beverley cautioned against overlooking his offensive skills, though. He’s not a one-dimensional player. He pointed out that he was a 40 percent shooting from 3-point range. Actually, he shot 38.2 percent last season from behind the arc after shooting 40 percent from behind it in 2015-17.“I’ve been placed under different situations,” he said, referring to playing in Europe to start his career. “I was able to get coached by one of the great offensive gurus in (Houston’s Mike) D’Antoni and was able to be under one of the best point guards in the league in James Harden, and just taken what I’ve learned and applied it to my game. Of course, I’m not James Harden. Of course, I’m not Chris Paul.“Neither of those two are me, either.”last_img read more