Listen: NBA, Basketball And Patrick Beverley discussed on Pull Up with CJ McCollum
"Really interesting to me as Minnesota I I had. I wasn't sure what to expect from them. In fact I didn't have tickly high expectations other than the fact that I thought breath Karl Anthony towns would have had a great year but Andrew Wiggins averaging twenty six points a game five consecutive twenty five plus point games. It's the best basketball we've seen from him. Obviously for number one pick and we know we've known all along how talented he is but other question marks have Have arised thirty three thirty three year old Ryan France honors son of the late flip. Saunders great head coach. He's running the show. What have you seen from these two and specifically with with wiggins? Why do you think he's? He's had had such great success early on this year I think for one. He had a great summer. I think he really improved on his boggling improved on his finishing around the basket in his jump shooting it off the dribble based on his percentage is and how efficient he's been he's been aggressive. He's been attacking the basket. He's passable much better and I think he's really really taking his off season seriously. Based on the progress he's made how consistent he's been in the approach by set of the new look Minnesota Timberwolves eighteen obviously new coaches in place de from our staff and he's a great mentor in terms of development. STANGL players breaking down film and getting the best out of his players. I think Karl Anthony towns playing better. Having more of a leadership role has affected the roster has affected. kind of what they're doing. You mean the start. He got off to individually a that alone kind of frees up space for the other players. The OPT to operate in a car anthony towns attracting double team which means weeks is getting one on one with close out in oftentimes. They're playing four three on the backside. The guy scored five consecutive twenty five plus point games to start the season thirty points in four to last seven games and the timber was playing great basketball outside of the the car. Anthony towns suspension. I think they've had their core together. They've been relatively healthy. Shabazz has has had some some injuries that he's battled throughout the season. But I think they're figuring out identity and I think anyway himself is just out there hoop and he's not worrying about what people have said about him. He's not worrying about expectations and he's delivering and he's showing glimpses of everybody kind of expected from him When he was drafted first overall pick the the talent is there and now I think the work ethic is is starting to potentially catch up with the talent when you're prepared and you have talent? It's hard not to succeed. Yeah a couple of key notes there and it just points for one they Vanterpool Your Guy Guy Love Administrative Timber Wolves Assistant says quote. He has been incredible trying to make teammates. Better in every facet. He's doing a great job with his defensive assignments and he has been great facilitating for others on the offensive end He's also just basically said he's is an all-star Again very early but one interesting note for me is according to the NBA. Primary stats page. Wiggins is passing the ball about nine times more per game this season than last season and I think a lot of that has to do with them attacking and making plays for others whereas last year he was not very very efficient and although he scored over eighteen points a game it was not He was not a playmaker even though he has play making ability. And I think you're seeing seeing a guy that has committed to the process we know he signed a massive extension. He's making about twenty nine million dollars a year so he certainly being paid like a superstar but but it is pretty refreshing. When a player goes from becoming I I would never say it was a bus? But a disappointment to you know all star who is really excelling selling. It still obviously a very young player. I wonder how much you know. Maturity he's gained and and how much some of those You know not not effective for disappointing seasons helped him like when you when you have those expectations and you don't live up to the How much do you learn from them? We've talked a lot on this podcast. Cj and had some guests talk about how failure is not death failures and opportunity. And I think that's what we see with him. Even though I don't think he's necessarily failed before but again he has not lived up to the number one. Pick up until now. Yeah I agree I think the losing in the going through struggles and trials and tribulations has helped build character. I think it's helped build a better appreciation of preparation ration- work ethic and what it takes to be successful in the NBA and sometimes it takes failures. Sometimes it takes no those small struggles for you to really turn the corner. A lot of people either. Fold or move forward and I think he showing that based on his prior experiences in where he's at now his career. He's going to move forward. Have you seen much of Indiana DNA. Yet I know Victoria's and play but have you been able to see them at all with with With with Brogden. I have seen a little bit of them with Brogden. I know he's a fantastic antastic. Playmaker he shooting the ball well and based on some early Games is passing has been really impressive. Obviously victory depot hasn't played yet. This season He's he's gone to the G.. League and could be activated at any point I think mouth Turner has been banged up and out with injuries but they looked pretty good so far this season. Although they're not healthy in the season is far from over. I think they have a lot to look forward to. Yeah the reason I bring it up is because I always liked him going back to Virginia and I thought last last year he was really good and he was great in the playoffs when when he came back and just somebody under the radar. Still that's that's played really well. His usage is about thirty percent percent and he's playing great. I don't know to your point. You you said they could be a playoff team. It'd be really interesting to see what happens when when victor comes back because because of just how good he is with the ball in his hands. I think that's up for basketball fans so watch given how good we know. Victor is and how dominant he can be you as a score and playmaker wonder how much that'll affect Brogden. I think ultimately help him but there there will be an adjustment period So do you see Deepak beverly last night with with Rice and how they see it well he was basically be impact. How did you see that? And then Russell basically says after he don't guard nobody deman- I seen the the interview. Post game We were actually playing like during the same time. But I've seen the stats. I seen some of the highlights in tax revenue. It was being himself. You know all tr- aggressive. He was talking and he's active defensively. He plays hard hasn't motor and basically rusted that he just does a lot of nonsense on since out there and he he tricks the media but they broke down the stats and I think James was offer six with four turnovers place. He was defended by Patrick. Beverley and historically Berkeley Patrick Beverley has held him to eleven points per one hundred possessions which is by far the least effective James against anyone in the league historically based based on a certain amount of coverage is in in the breakdown. But I think they're all just being themselves honestly Obviously Russ isn't going to praise Someone on from another team especially Patrick Beverley and I think that based on James Success in the NBA historically what he's been able to do obviously scoring forty seven points on that team. It's hard to to look at what he's done in say someone has stopped him. Although I think Patrick Beverley has been effective at times on him I still don't think he can stop him by himself. Because it is a five-man game out there and you have to be able to guard US team. Yeah I miss. I think I might have misspoke Beverley guarding heart. And that's what caused some of the issues Patrick Beverley. CJ picked up that six foul Russ was just a little happy and gave him a little rock wave. which I thought was entertaining? I think I've asked you this before. But just from a defensive standpoint this is Beverley I mean I know he's a great defender but is he as good a defender as the reputation is does he. How aggressive is he able to you know? Do you think what he does. And terms of some of the antics and everything that goes with them. Do you think that helps them. As a whole I think he he said himself there are thousands of people like him in Chicago New York and La Certain areas. What separates him? His Motor is determination is greediness talk about a guy who's six foot. Maybe six one on these listed at offensively not great skill set can can catch and shoot threes can run picking role but is more known for how hardy place you know a guy six one six two can get ten to fifteen rebounds a game. He's GonNa get three to four steals. He's going to be in the right. I position defensively is GONNA communicate. He's low maintenance doesn't demand the ball and essentially played. He played point guard but he was more so a shooting guard in Houston. He does a similar role for the clippers. Now to where he'll guard whoever he'll guard this shooting guard or guard the floor. He'll guard whoever is one of the best of the best player on the court and is comfortable playing off the ball and allowing the star player of the florist and I think in terms of how he accompanies and complements other players. He's a great fit in the NBA. And I think without his motor without his without that shift that he has his shoulder. He's overseas somewhere still playing and and would not be in the NBA and we wouldn't be talking about him. But that's what separates him I'm from other guys. It's his determination to nasty. And whether or not it's effective is to be debated but I think what you can't can't question his hunger and how hard he plays. He's in the race spots. He takes charges. He's willing to do the little stuff. There's a lot of antics that comes with it but I imagine it's fun playing with him because of how hard and how serious he takes a defensive in well remember in the playoffs he was the one that was a check and K D You know last last spring last summer when Golden State won that series in seven in the first round. But you know he's just so physical in place hard to your point I I I always get. He's he's fun to watch. You know I don't like you said he's not got especially skilled but he is really fun to watch and just so listeners get a real sense of heart and he says quote we all know what Pat does yes I tried to execute. And then he goes on but basically says he's a past and hardened did score ten of his seventeen points in the fourth with with With beverly out of the game so I don't know I mean. I think it's fun. I I think he's a really fun player. I guess that'd be the word I would use speaking of love. I guess disappointments as we have talked a little bit about Kentucky. Lost to Evansville obviously very early in the college basketball the ball season. But the reason I bring it up isn't so much to blast Kentucky but for you just giving your history against being being a giant slayer what what do you think that game meant to Evansville. And how can given the talent discrepancy like. How do we justify a team? Evansville going into rap and beating team like Kentucky with all those pros. I think it means a lot to the players. And the organizational probably helped him out from a recruiting aspect aspect inside the things. But it's so early in the season There's it's hard to put a lot of mayor on this loss. Kentucky's a very young team led by Freshman Definitely definitely a letdown. After the big emotional win they had over Michigan state in Madison Square Garden. Bright Lights close game. It's a goal at to go to Lexington in loose That is a big disappointment. But I would imagine that this will just be something. We forget about later later. On as the season progresses because they'll be different team come march. There'll be a different team. Come tournament time and obviously Evansville as a team that you may have to look out for. Was It luck who knows. I didn't watch the game. That was what's crazy is is. I went back and rewatch second half. It wasn't really luck They got out rebounded on it. They got out rebounded that a ton of turnovers double digit turnovers. It probably should add more. Could shoot the ball and I. It didn't feel like lock. It felt like that's that's why I wanted to bring it up because it felt like it was played. They played better. Yeah maybe that's a team. We need to watch going forward in tournament time comes. Maybe that's the team that I have upsetting others others but if they have veteran players out there on the court and they can run his own defense knockdown shots in kind of contain. Anything can happen in college basketball. especially it's only forty. Forty minutes is running clock just fouled travelers and a lot of spacing allowed. Things can swing a game and that's why the tournament is so fun. Stay tuned because"