Why Patrick Beverley is perfect trade target for Dallas Mavericks: 1. Perimeter defense
The Mavs went from a bottom ten defense in the final season under Rick Carlisle to a top ten defense in year one under Jason Kidd, and they advanced in the playoffs because of it. The Mavericks held Utah to 100 or fewer points in four of the six games before forcing the Suns into their three worst scoring games of the year during the seven-game set.
Dallas won with defense, but they did not have enough of it. Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith wore down by the conference finals because they had to carry massive workloads guarding the opposition’s top scorers every night.
Dallas had just two trusted perimeter defenders because Maxi Kleber had to guard inside. The additions of Christian Wood and JaVale McGee should allow Kleber to defend on the perimeter more in the 2023 postseason.
The Mavs still need another perimeter option, and who is better than Mr. 94 feet himself. Beverley earned the nickname for his ability to defend players full court. He brings a different type of defense too. The 6’1 guard gets in the opposition’s face, and he loves to trash talk. Pat Bev is an irritant and a pest on defense, which is something the Mavericks lack.
Patrick Beverley is the perfect trade target for the Dallas Mavericks because he checks all the boxes of their needs. Will they be able to land him? Stay tuned to see what Nico Harrison and the Mavs have up their sleeves before training camp begins this fall.