Patrick Beverley might wind up being the Miami Heat's secret weapon this season.
Of course only true Heat fans who have watched the preseason and seen Beverley, drafted by the Lakers in the second round in 2009, know anything about him.
If Beverley's defensive performance this preseason gets him a spot on the team this upcoming season, which it should, expect that to change in a hurry.
Now I'm not suggesting that Beverley is the second coming of Chris Paul, Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo, but his skill set and his ever-growing basketball IQ make him a tremendous asset on this team.
So far Beverley's defense has been a major asset, its been his offense that has a bit uneven, as he went 1-for-4 on Monday night's game against the Bobcats, and is 7-for-25 from the field throughout the whole preseason.
Beverley has also been shown to be a bit of a creator in the preseason. In the games I have seen him play he's been decent as setting up his teammates for open baskets and driving into the lane. This has also helped him as he's been very effective in getting to the free-throw line and at shooting free throws, going 22-for-25 throughout the whole preseason.
Beverley's defense and ability to create could not only get him on the team, but possibly in due time, make either Carlos Arroyo or Mario Chalmers expendable. It could even happen as early as this season.
For right now though, Beverley is competing with the injured Da'Sean Butler and veteran center Jamaal Magloire for the final two roster spots. I expect Beverley and Magloire to get the final two spots, with the Heat retaining Butler's rights and sending him to play a bit in the D-League when he returns from his injury.
Beverley has spent the last two seasons in Europe. Prior to that he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 42nd pick in the 2009 draft, then traded to Miami.
He was a point guard at Arkansas before leaving due to an academic issue and was SEC Freshman of the year and SEC Newcomer of the year in his freshman season (2006-07).