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NBA News – Beverley To Return to Houston’s lineup


He was a quality fantasy sleeper when the season tipped off. Since then, though, he has missed a couple of stretches of games, which has limited his ability to get into a good rhythm. There also is the matter of Jeremy Lin’s hot start to the season, which limited Beverley chances early on. However, Lin, too, has missed action due to injury and has cooled off since November.

In the playoffs last season, we saw Beverley’s potential, as he averaged 11.8 PPG, 2.8 APG, 5.5 RPG, 1.3 3-PPG and 1.2 SPG against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s not too far off of the pace we’ve seen this season: 9.6 PPG, 2.2 APG, 3.9 RPG, 1.4 3-PPG and 1.3 SPG.

In order to take the next step and really break out, Beverley is going to have to get more shots off (8.3 FGA, 1.6 FTA per game this season). Unfortunately, that isn’t likely to happen with James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard hogging up 40.4 FGA and 21.6 FTA per game this season. And in a timeshare with Lin at the point, it’s unlikely that Beverley suddenly will start churning out a lot of dimes.

The end result should be a cap on his overall production, but his ability to shoot 3s and swipe balls will give him respectable value in deep leagues.

“I’ve been getting a lot of shots up the last past days,” Beverley said. “ I think our training staff has done a great job with my conditioning, helping me being ready when my number is called.”

Beverley will mainly be asked to play good defense with starting unit, kinda like when Brewer was starting for Parsons when he was hurt, he’s not going to be expected to shoot much or assist much, there is plenty offensive power between Harden, Dwight, Jones, Parsons. And when Lin comes off bench, he will be in attack mode and have more green light to score than when he was starting.

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