Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley is an injury-prone player who hasn’t made headlines recently, but he claims that his squad is better than the Golden State Warriors when healthy.
Beverley spoke to TMZ Sports and in a video released on Friday, said the Clippers are No. 1 and proceeded to speak highly of the roster:
The 29-year-old labeled himself and new backcourt mate Avery Bradley “the best two defenders in the league” and some of the best in the history of the game, suggesting the duo is like having twin Gary Paytons.
Beverley also mentioned Danilo Gallinari, Tobias Harris and Lou Williams as assets, referring to the latter’s Sixth Man of the Year Award. His comments imply also that the Clippers are better than the Lakers, who landed LeBron James in free agency.
As for the possible, eventual arrival of superstar Kawhi Leonard, Beverley said, “I’d be glad to have him, but I like the squad we have now.”
The word “like” is an understatement here, considering how fearless and confident Beverley seems to be about this year’s Clippers. But that’s the type of mentality Beverley has had to have as a former second-round pick who’s carved out a fine NBA career.
Injuries have continued to plague the veteran, but the hope is he can stay on the court enough in his seventh season to help L.A. compete for a playoff spot.
Beverley appeared in only 11 games in 2017-18 due to a torn right meniscus that required microfracture surgery. He’ll need to come back strong just for the Clippers to make the postseason, much less compete with the Lakers and especially the Warriors, who’ve won three championships in the past four years.