Patrick Beverley caught everyone’s attention with his attitude during the game against the Phoenix Suns and Nick Wright has a big message for the NBA.
The Fox Sports analyst is not a fan of the Lakers veteran guard. Moreover, he wants him out of the league. Beverley has issues with many players around the league and Wright believes he should be suspended for good.
“I’ve said it for years and I will say it again: There’s no reason for Patrick Beverley to be in the league,” Wright tweeted. “None whatsoever. A blight on the sport. And to the fact that he’s also now, literally, the worst offensive player in the entire league & it just makes it more obvious.”
Nick Wright made his comments amid great Patrick Beverley decision
Beverley won’t go unpunished. He earned a three-game suspension and won’t suit up in both games against the San Antonio Spurs. He will also miss the game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
“Patrick Beverley’s suspension is for shoving Suns‘ Deandre Ayton from behind, knocking him to the court, and was based in part on Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike acts, NBA says,” Shams Charania tweeted.
The Lakers traded for Pat Bev despite his beef with Russell Westbrook. Darvin Ham benched Westbrook and gave Beverly a role in the starting lineup. Things may change after this suspension and the Lakers may bench Beverley, too.
Zach Buckley from Bleacher Report has a big suggestion for the purple and gold and it sends Beverley to their bench.
“A 27.8 shooting percentage would be alarming from three—but that’s actually Beverley’s overall conversion rate. Beyond the arc, he’s down to just 23.5 percent. That’s untenable. As much as the Lakers might think they need Beverley’s point-of-attack defense, they can’t afford to have him suck the air out of their attack. If he’s not spacing the floor, then he’s adding nothing on offense, which makes you wonder how he’s seeing the fifth-most floor time on the team (28.1 minutes per game),” Buckley wrote.
Beverley shoots 26.6% from the field and 23.8% from the three-point line. He averages 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game with the Lakers. Ham needs more than that. Maybe Beverley should get a bench role after all.