Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you are Irish, or you like to drink green beer, or you just want to have a diversion of some kind in the midst of the coronavirus shutdown, I get it.
With that, I looked through several databases to see all of the Los Angeles Clippers players who have “Patrick” in their names. Believe it or not, they have all come in the past several years. In order from fewest games played in a Clippers uniform to most...
Ok, yes, I stretched the definition a bit to include this one, but there weren’t a lot of players named “Patrick” in Clippers history. Give me a break here, please.
Kilpatrick signed two successive 10-day contracts with the Clippers in March 2018. The shooting guard had been waived by the Milwaukee Bucks just before stepping in on the temporary deals in LA.
Ultimately, he played in just four games for the Clippers — he played just over 38 minutes for the team, scoring 19 points, making both his free throws and 42.9% of his 3-point attempts. Kilpatrick leveraged this stretch into a multiyear deal with the Chicago Bulls at the end of March 2018, only to be waived by the Bulls after the season.
The last two years Kilpatrick has played in Europe, at Greek team Panathinaikos last year, and currently at Montenegrin side Budućnost.
One of two current Patricks on the roster, Patterson signed ahead of this season as an unrestricted free agent after his previous deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder was bought out. He has played in 51 games this season, averaging a tick under 12 minutes a game, and is putting in some complimentary bench numbers — 4.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game — but Patterson has been a steady reserve option in the Clippers rotation. It’s safe to say his days of playing heavy starter’s minutes are behind him, but if the playoffs do proceed this season, he would almost certainly play a role, spelling the first unit and soaking up his share of fouls in limited minutes.
And that brings us to the third Patrick in Clippers history and the one who’s had the largest role to date, in Pat Beverley. Part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in 2017 alongside Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, among others, this is Beverley’s third season with the Clippers.
The first season didn’t go so well for Beverley, as he required extensive knee surgery in 2017-18, limiting him to just 11 games overall. But last season he became a key player, making 78 regular-season appearances, splitting time between starting and coming off the bench. This season, he’s made 48 appearances, all starts to date.
While he contributes to the stat sheet, Beverley’s biggest contribution comes on the defensive end as he is perpetually one of the top defenders in the league. Normally only one or two players a generation can distinguish himself as a non-scoring legend — think Dennis Rodman and rebounding, or Bruce Bowen and defense — but if Beverley can continue to be a top defender, he could lay claim to that legend status. An NBA title or two probably wouldn’t hurt his case, either.
Oh, and Beverley’s reputation as a...ok, we can say it, a pest, is pretty legendary at this point. Remember this back-and-forth between him and not-yet-teammate Paul George last season?
Stop it pat lol LA has gave you a platform now but stop it bra bra!— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) March 9, 2019
Any chance these guys were playing it up for the social media clickz? Nah, seemed pretty genuine, but they seem to have put things aside (for the most part) since teaming up together at the Clippers.
Which Clippers Patrick is your favorite? How will you commemorate St. Patrick’s Day this year? Let’s chat in the comments below.