Leave it to Patrick Beverley to talk trash about the best young duo in the Atlantic Division before he even plays a game for his new team, the Sixers. Rather than worry about what Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can or can’t achieve with the Boston Celtics, Beverley needs to remember the situation he’s currently in.
Beverley agreed to sign a one-year, $3.2 million deal with Philadelphia in free agency, and he could have an increased role if the Sixers appease James Harden by trading him.
In theory, the Sixers should be back at the top of the Eastern Conference in 2023-24, but between the Harden saga and the Joel Embiid trade speculation, Beverley could find himself on a rebuilding Philadelphia team midway through the season.
While it isn’t surprising Beverley said on “The Pat Bev Podcast with Rone” that Tatum and Brown won’t be able to win a title together, his thoughts on the matter are ones he should’ve kept to himself. Then again, it is Pat Bev, and he quite frankly doesn’t care.
Sixers guard says Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown won’t win NBA title
Next thing you know, Patrick Beverley is going to claim the Celtics wouldn’t have beaten the Sixers in the second round of the playoffs this past season if he were on the team.
The last thing Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should be thinking about is what Beverley thinks of their chances to hang a championship banner, especially because he’s yet to win a title himself. At least Tatum and Brown have the experience of playing in an NBA Finals, an outcome Boston fans would like to see happen again in 2024, but this time, with a different result.
Beverley didn’t imply he thinks the Celtics should break up Tatum and Brown, but instead, add a “defensive point guard” and a “3-and-D guy” as well as some “shot blocking” and a “stretch five.” He did say Boston got “a lot better” by adding Kristaps Porzingis to the roster, and it should be noted that Porzingis checks off several of the boxes that according to Beverley, the Celtics still need to add.
Pat Bev will fit in well with Philadelphia sports fans. The heated division rivalry added an extra layer in the 2023 playoffs, and Beverley will get his first taste of it soon after the 2023-24 season begins on Nov. 8 when Boston will be in Philadelphia.
Expect the 35-year-old to do everything he can to disrupt Tatum and Brown on defense, but it’d be nice to see the duo temporarily silence Beverley with a Celtics win.