How Safe Is Patrick Beverley’s Job as Houston Rockets’ Starting Point Guard?

November 29th, 2014 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »

As the Houston Rockets’ starting point guard Patrick Beverley continues to miss games with injury, the Rockets’ failure to miss him much raises questions about his importance to the starting lineup. It has been demonstrated he is replaceable.

That could come from within the existing structure of the team, with Isaiah Canaan taking over the starting duties, or the Rockets could look elsewhere to find someone in a trade.


Replacement from Within

Canaan has stepped into the starting role, so it may be only a matter of time before he assumes the starting job. But since neither Beverley nor Canaan has established himself as a particularly effective quarterback, it’s feasible that the Rockets look outside the team for a player to acquire via trade.

Statistically, Canaan and Beverley are close based on their numbers per 36 minutes:

The problem with just comparing their raw numbers is that there is so much disparity in whom each of the Rockets point guards have played with. Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard both have missed significant time due to ...

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