Oklahoma City, OK – The Houston Rockets switched their starting lineup to a three guard set rotating in former University of Arkansas star Patrick Beverly on Wednesday night. The start was the rookie’s first and Beverly did not disappoint scoring 16 points while grabbing 12 rebounds.
The former Razorback was a second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 eventually being traded to the Miami Heat for cash while never making either team’s roster. Beverly made his rookie debut on January 15, at the ripe old age of 24 during the 2012-2013 NBA season.
Beverly finished his rookie year appearing in 41 games, averaging 17.4 minutes per game and posted 5.6 points per contest.
In two NBA Playoff games he has averaged 13.5 points, five assists, two steals, and eight rebounds per.
Beverly, 6’1”, 180 pounds, made his first career start memorable frustrating All-Star Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. The two jawed, bumped, and pushed each other around all night with Beverly knocking Westbrook to the floor at one point. Beverly reached down to offer helping Westbrook up. Westbrook responded by slapping the rookie’s hand away; typically NBA Playoff showmanship.
The Rockets lost the game 105-102 behind 29 point performances from Kevin Durant and Westbrook. Beverly was second on the team in minutes played with 41:13 on the hardwood behind James Harden’s 45:20.
The Houston Rockets made Beverly one of four total former Arkansas players in the NBA during the regular season joining OKC’s Ronnie Brewer Jr., Brooklyn Net’s guard Joe Johnson, and Jannero Pargo with the Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, and Charlotte Bobcats.