The player for the new Orleans Pelicans has become a nightmare for the point guards of the league. He comes from the shadows when you expect him the less in order to steal you the ball and force an 8 seconds foul. José Alvarado is an annoyance for his rivals and his constant defense is being a key addition for his team.
Working from the shadows:
José Alvarado is a defensive and very intense point guard. He is from the ‘Patrick Beverly School’, a kind of player that is dedicated to defend and unhinge his rivals. We could say that he acts like a very irritating fly that appears whenever you expect it the less and provokes a lost or earns a silly foul. Not even Chris Paul can get rid of Alvarado’s defense.
The Puerto Rican has a personal play that repeats in several games. When the opponent team is about to start a new play after a basket, he waits from the sideline or the end line and then appears from the player’s back in order to steal the ball or mislead him. Here you can see a clear example:
Alvarado has averaged 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in his first regular season in the NBA. He is the second player from the Pelicans with the most steals, with 1.3 per game in this regular campaign. However, the intensity of his game can’t just be measured through stats.
The role of José Alvarado in the Pelicans:
It is true that the Puerto Rican is not the player that stands out the most from the Pelicans’ roster, as they also have Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum or the irregular Zion Williamson. It is his first season in the league, but he has already signed a multi-year contract with the franchise.
José Alvarado is a player that is earning himself a spot in the team thanks to his intensity on defense. He has a great projection ahead of him and can certainly become into a key piece for the Pelicans in the future.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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