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Patrick Beverley Needs To Be More Consistent Shooter For Houston Rockets

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Beverley has struggled in shooting percentages in his rookie NBA season. But in recent games, he has showed more consistency that should be pleasing to the Houston Rocketscoaches.

For the season, the rookie from Arkansas is averaging 5.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He’s also been shooting at 41.5 percent, which is OK for a guard. In fact. he’s at 40.6 percent in 3-point shooting, which is impressive for a rookie.

Beverley obviously makes himself more dangerous if he shoots the ball better.

He’s been doing that in recent games.

The Rockets had an emotional 96-95 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. Beverley saw 24 minutes of action and shot 4-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 in 3-pointers for 11 points while adding two assists and a steal. The previous Friday, Beverley was in for 21 minutes when the Rockets blitzed the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-78. He was 4-of-7 from the floor and hit a  3-pointer for 11 points, but also had a good floor game with five assists. Two days before the Cleveland game, he was 3-of-6 against the Utah Jazz.

When players come off the bench, coaches like to see them hit their shots. Beverley was 4-of- 24 in his previous seven games prior to the battle with Utah. By starting to hit his shots, he’s likely to see to more playing time. The Rockets need more players who are shooting well at this stage of the season since every game is critical. Players that aren’t shooting well will be seeing plenty of bench time.