(All-Defense) was one of my goals going into this year. Hopefully, people see that the way I play defense is top-notch in the NBA and I can make the All-Defensive team. … I think very few people do what I do defensively to change a basketball game.
That’s what I do, I put my team in a good situation to win basketball games with my defense. I think it’s rare that you see that kind of gift that people have in the NBA but I am able to have fun with it.
The second-year guard from Arkansas has developed a reputation as an unrelenting pest on D, picking up his man full court and hounding him for all 24 seconds of the shot clock.
Former players Chris Webber and Rick Fox compared Beverley to old-school pestering guards like Joe Dumars and Bruce Bowen during an NBA TV segment. It should be noted that both Dumars and Bowen made multiple All-Defensive teams during their respective playing careers.
But Beverley's defense has also garnered its fair share of controversy. He injured Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook during last year's playoffs and nearly started a brawl in March by fouling Westbrook in a similar manner to the play which ended his season in the previous postseason.
But using controversial defense techniques and infuriating opponents into postgame diatribes is often the best way to drum up publicity for one's All-Defensive team candidacy. It certainly worked for Bowen all of those years.
Playing for the NBA’s 11th-best defense doesn’t exactly help Beverley, but the fact that Houston plays like the league’s sixth-best defense when he’s on the court should. Without a doubt, the Rockets giving Beverley an expand role has improved their defense from last season.
There are only four spots on the All-Defensive team for guards—two for the first team and two for the second—and a host of deserving candidates, such as Lance Stephenson, John Wall, Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler.
Even if he fails to make the team this season, the 25-year-old Beverley has already laid the foundation for All-Defensive recognition in years to come.