The NBA released the results of its annual GM survey on Tuesday, and Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley is quite shocked he didn’t make a certain list.
One of the questions that general managers were polled on was who the NBA’s toughest player was. Tony Allen was voted number one, and Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, Draymond Green, and Matthew Dellavedova followed suit; in the “also receiving votes” section was Beverley, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, and Isaiah Thomas.
It’s safe to say that Beverley was not thrilled about this:
Wow I didn't make that list wow!!! But delly are u kidding??? https://t.co/DN4732XnEk
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) October 19, 2016
You could argue he over-dramatized the situation because some GMs acknowledged him, and none of them could vote for players on their team.
Even if the executives don’t believe he’s one of the toughest guys in the league, Beverley’s contemporaries do because he has established that reputation.
Routinely, Beverley never backs away from grinding it out with the league’s premier guards–a lot of whom are out West–and that mentality helped him land on the All-Defensive second team in 2013-14. He’s even earned the nickname “Mr. 94 feet” because he puts constant full-court pressure on ball handlers.
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