Much like the Ricky Rubio scenario, Beverley would merely be a temporary figure as the Boston Celtics’ starting point guard, adding valuable veteran leadership and toughness to a young team in danger of spiraling. And man, Celtics fans would sure love him.
With Beverley, the conversation starts and ends with his defense. He may not be the best playmaker out of the 1-spot, but any deficiencies on offense hardly get mentioned due to his prowess on defense, considering Beverley plays that side less like a basketball player and more like a gladiator challenging his opponent in physical blood sport.
Boston cuts its teeth on defense. If guys are struggling and shots don’t fall, the last two seasons suggest the Celtics can fall back on their identity as a hyper talented offensive machine and out grind their foes on the defensive end.
Peanut butter, meet jelly. Beverley’s game has two components coveted in Brad Stevens’ – and the modern NBA’s – game: the 3-ball and defense. He can knock down the open looks with consistency and has made a habit of hounding the league’s best players.
Now, Beverley probably does not increase Boston’s win total, at least in a way that can be definitively traced back to him. He’s far too limited on the offensive end to be that kind of guy. However, he would inject an extra dose of life into this talented team, one that could clearly use all the motivation it can get.