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Patrick Beverley Said He’s the Best Offensive Rebounding PG Ever, Which … Actually

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Patrick Beverley isn’t afraid to make his voice heard. The Bulls’ newest addition was voted on by some as the NBA’s top trash talker, and he was also recently seen chirping at the Houston Rockets’ crowd after a dagger 3-pointer.

His (1) unapologetic personality and (2) unwavering confidence are two major reasons why he’s been able to carve out a valuable role in the NBA. And both were on full display in his most recent episode of The Pat Bev Podcast, when he declared himself the best offensive-rebounding point guard the NBA has ever seen. Here’s the exact quote:

“A lot of people don’t talk about it. You can ask every team in the NBA. Historically, meaning like in the history of the NBA, I’m the best offensive-rebounding point guard that has ever played. And those are facts. A lot of people don’t know that, though,” Beverley declared.

Those are some big words to throw around. In fact, they’re so freakin’ big that my first instinct was to go check just how delusional he was. And, to my surprise, I was the delusional one!

Since he entered the NBA in 2012, Beverley has grabbed the 4th-most offensive rebounds of any guard, per Stathead. The three in front of him are multi-time All-Stars Russell Westbrook (1215), James Harden (655), and Jrue Holiday (641). Look over just the last 10 years, and Beverley actually moves up into third place behind only Westbrook and Harden.

Sure, that may not coincide with making him the best to ever do it, but that’s really stinkin’ good. And it only gets more impressive when we consider his size.

No player who is six-foot-two or shorter has more offensive rebounds than Beverley since the 2012-13 campaign. He sits well ahead of the competition with 630 OREBs, while the next three in line are Kyle Lowry (546), Kyrie Irving (482), and Eric Bledsoe (480), per StatHead.

Take a look at the bigger historical picture, and Beverley still ranks tremendously well. Among all players who were 6-2 or shorter in NBA history, Beverley is currently 16th in total offensive rebounds. The only active players ahead of him are Lowry and Chris Paul – who have each played at least six more years in the league than Beverley.

So can we sit here and say that Beverley is 100 percent right? No. But he also isn’t as far off from this specific GOAT status as one would think. He has proven to be an incredibly rare rebounder, particularly for his size. And he’s already shown us this during his short time in Chicago. Beverley is averaging 1.8 OREBs over his eight games and has grabbed a total of 14 since his first game on Feb. 24 (including five against Houston this past weekend). Andre Drummond is the only Bull with more.

As a Bulls squad that entered the All-Star break as the third-worst offensive-rebounding team in the NBA, Beverley hasn’t needed to be the best to ever do it to make a significant impact.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.