The Los Angeles Lakers have an unlikely consideration in utilizing Patrick Beverley next season.
As provided by league reporter Marc Stein, the Lakers are leaning towards using Beverley as a 3-and-D wing, a much different position to what the veteran has accustomed to being a point guard from his previous years in the league.
He is slated to be with Austin Reaves, Kendrick Nunn and Lonnie Walker IV to be at the swingman slot, while both Dennis Schroeder and Russell Westbrook will play at the point.
With Westbrook poised to remain a Laker when new coach Darvin Ham opens his first training camp as L.A.’s new coach, sources say Beverley is regarded internally by the club as a 3-and-D wing and not as a point guard at this stage of his career. The Lakers, in other words, see Westbrook and Schröder as their point guards as of Sept. 18 … and the likes of Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, Austin Reaves and Lonnie Walker IV as 2s and 3s.
With that being said, coach Darvin Ham and the Lakers may likely play a small ball scheme frequently, and there could be chances that the trio of Schroeder, Westbrook and Beverley will share the court.
Though he is a small guard, Beverley’s hard-nosed approach and defensive intensity can still cover up the size he needs to guard the opposing wings. As such, he’ll be the undisputed one who will undoubtedly take that challenge of adjusting his role for the sake of winning.
As a prized acquisition of the club this offseason, Beverley truly makes the Lakers’ next season even more exciting to see. Things are about to unfold if he can truly give them a needed boost as a fiery presence.