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Patrick Beverley
Patrick Beverley
Position: G
Born: 07/12/88
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
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To gain a better perspective on the defensive potential of the Leonard-George partnership, The Athletic spoke with Tom Thibodeau, one of the greatest defensive minds in league history and the former head coach of the Chicago Bulls (2010-15) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2016-19). […] “I think this team has the capability to be just as good (as the 2008 Celtics) when you look at it,” Thibodeau told The Athletic. “I think it’ll be seamless. You’re talking about two elite defenders that guard multiple positions, multiple effort guys, never quit on plays. Both guys are very unique. Even if you can get by them, they’ll come from behind and get the ball. “I think when you add in Patrick Beverley on the ball, 94 feet, and then those guys up in passing lanes, it’ll be very hard to score against them.”
With two of Leonard, George and Beverley pressuring and trapping the ball, the third defender can deftly roam and anticipate an offensive player’s next passing angle and move. There are few things opponents will want to see less than one of those three playing free safety. “Their containment of the ball and also their pressure on the ball is going to cause a lot of problems,” Thibodeau said. “I think they’ll create a lot of turnovers. They’ll be a high steal team as well.”
“It’s huge,” Thibodeau said of the team’s defensive depth. “You can’t overlook guys like Harkless and McGruder because you can throw those guys in and have them guard a primary scorer for 7-10 minutes. You can give them a lot of different looks. I think the great players in this league, over time, they’ll figure out one defender. “But if you throw different looks at them and put different guys at different times — it’ll also free those guys up offensively. That’s where the great value in having that type of lineup lies.”