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Kendrick Perkins thinks Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley “could be the most dangerous defensive backcourt in the NBA”

Perkins take is quite wild, and certainly isn't correct. Even if both these guys start for the Lakers, they aren't among the top defensive backcourts in the NBA, let alone the best of the bunch.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverly and Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook

Patrick Beverly and Russell Westbrook

The Los Angeles Lakers have undergone a lot of change this offseason. However, one change they haven’t made is at their point guard position, as Russell Westbrook is currently in place to remain the Lakers starting point guard next season. With Westbrook still around, he and the recently acquired Patrick Beverley could be L.A.’s starting backcourt next season.

Kendrick Perkins likes the Lakers’ backcourt duo…maybe a little bit too much

Despite Westbrook’s struggles last season and Beverley’s overall offensive inefficiencies throughout his career, the Lakers have the makings of a solid backcourt duo (assuming Westbrook doesn’t get traded before the start of the season).

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If you ask Kendrick Perkins of ESPN, it is the best defensive backcourt duo in the NBA if Westbrook applies himself. Perkins believes the Lakers have some issues, but if Westbrook can play like himself after a down year last season, Los Angeles could have one of the better defensive backcourts in the NBA.

Kendrick Perkins’ take on the Los Angeles Lakers backcourt is quite a stretch

Perkins isn’t shy when it comes to expressing his ludicrous takes, and this certainly is among the most interesting of them all. Westbrook and Beverley are both solid defenders, but to imply they could be the best defensive backcourt in the NBA is, well, wrong.

For starters, there’s a fairly decent chance that Westbrook and Beverley won’t even be Los Angeles’ starting backcourt duo come the start of the season. There’s still a decent chance Westbrook gets traded before the beginning of the season, and even if he doesn’t, there’s no guarantee either of these guys will be starters. Beverley has occasionally come off the bench throughout his career, and rumors make it seem as if Westbrook isn’t guaranteed the starting point guard role.

Even if they both end up starting, they aren’t the best defensive backcourt in the NBA. Recency bias may be a factor, but it’s tough to see any team with a more potent backcourt than the Boston Celtics, who boast the reigning defensive player of the year in Marcus Smart at point guard, Jaylen Brown at shooting guard, as well as Malcolm Brogdon and Derrick White off the bench. Westbrook and Beverley aren’t in the same conversation as that starting duo, let alone the entire rotation.

Westbrook and Beverley could be a solid defensive duo, but they don’t come close to the top defensive backcourts in the league. At times, Perkins has some wise takes, but this is not one of them. The Lakers’ backcourt has a lot of work to do until they can join that conversation, and Perkins should know that better than anyone considering he spends most of his time watching the Celtics.

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