February 20, 2024

Patrick Beverley quick to make presence felt in Bucks debut

MILWAUKEE — New Milwaukee Bucks guard Patrick Beverley didn’t waste any time making himself at dwelling along with his new group.

Beverley urged younger gamers to sit proper in entrance of the TV in the course of the group’s movie session prior to Friday’s 120-84 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. He grabbed a clipboard on the sidelines throughout a group huddle and appeared to be shouting instructions.

Bucks coach Doc Rivers mentioned he heard Beverley repeating defensive calls from coaches on the sidelines. Beverley even made a play-call on the ground, however mistakenly used a play Rivers mentioned he hasn’t had in his playbook since their days with the LA Clippers.

“The way I go about things, I’m not going to make everyone happy,” Beverley mentioned after scoring 6 factors in 12 minutes in his Bucks debut Friday. “I’m going to upset some people. I hold myself to a high standard and I expect everyone else to do the same.

“My strategy could be very robust till you get to know me. But when you get to know me you perceive, the one factor he does is need to win.”

Beverley made his debut a little more than 24 hours after he was acquired by the Bucks before the NBA trade deadline, a move he said surprised him, but also excited him. The Bucks acquired Beverley from the Philadelphia 76ers in alternate for Cameron Payne and a 2027 second-round pick.

Not only was Beverley, 35, excited for the chance to once again play for Rivers — his coach from 2017-20 with the Clippers — but he was also energized by the chance to compete for a championship with Milwaukee.

“It’s the one factor for me,” the 11-year veteran said. “The solely factor left.”

From the moment Beverley checked into Friday’s game, with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter, the crowd in Milwaukee greeted him with a welcoming cheer, which got even louder once he knocked down his first 3-pointer.

And the Bucks turned in one of their best defensive performances of the season against the short-handed Hornets, who had eight players listed as out on Friday’s injury report, including the five players they acquired before the trade deadline.

Milwaukee held Charlotte to 84 points, its fewest allowed in a game since November 2019.

“He introduced vitality, he introduced edge and simply expertise,” Bucks guard Damian Lillard mentioned. “There have been occasions the place he simply type of directed some actions offensively … defensively in the huddle, he is aware of who he’s, he is aware of what he brings to a group and he isn’t shy about it. You heard his voice the second he walked in.”

The Bucks believe Beverly can help improve their defense, which ranks 17th in the NBA in efficiency.

“He is an impactful point-of-attack defender,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said Friday afternoon during a conference call with reporters. “He performs with a physicality and a toughness that we predict will assist us.”

The Bucks also believe Beverley’s presence in the locker room will be a boost, especially because of the extra edge and intensity he brought to the team immediately.

“He’s simply constructive vitality,” Rivers said. “Holds his teammates and himself accountable. Really simply needs to win and I feel our guys see that.

“I bet they learned a little bit about him already. Its not just BS talk. He’s trying to get everybody to buy in and win.”