Clippers’ Beverley: ‘We are the best team in LA’

Patrick Beverley only played in 11 games in 2017-18.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley has never been one to mince words and the rugged defender continued that trend Wednesday night.

At an event for season ticket holders, Beverley said the Clippers, and not the Los Angeles Lakers, are the best team in LA and that the Clippers will make the playoffs in 2018-19.

“I’ll tell y’all right now, we are the best team in LA for sure,” Beverley said, via Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points. “The makeup of our team, the depth of our team, we are going to give our best effort every night and we are making the playoffs.”

This upcoming season will be the first year since 2011 that the Clippers won’t have Chris Paul, Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan on the team. Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets last summer, Griffin was sent to the Detroit Pistons at the February trade deadline and Jordan signed with the Dallas Mavericks this offseason in free agency.

Those are some pretty bold statements by Beverley, who only played in 11 games last season due to a right knee injury. The Chicago native had microfracture surgery as well as meniscus surgery on his right knee.

The 30-year-old says he’s feeling very strong and can’t wait for the season to start.

“I’m really ready,” Beverley said. “I like to go out there, put my game on the line and that’s more than just talking. I’m feeling really, really strong, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life and we’re going to see soon.”

The best player in the world, LeBron James, signed a four-year deal with the Lakers this summer. That’s still not stopping Beverley from claiming his Clippers will be better than James and the Lakers, and you have to appreciate the confidence.

Beverley averaged 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three in his first season with the Clippers. He is regarded by many as one of the best one-on-one defenders in the league.

Many believe the Clippers are in rebuild mode now that Paul, Griffin and Jordan are all gone. Beverley, a fierce competitor, clearly doesn’t agree with that narrative.

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