Position: Power Forward
Ht: 6-8, Wt: 235
Hometown: Huntington, WV
- Works very hard to seal his defender and establish low position on the block… Shoots a high % from the field - Close to the basket, finishing off penetration, or when he’s given room from the outside.
- Very strong – impressive physical stature
- Tremendous wingspan - 7’2 -– helps to offset his height, which is smaller than a prototype 4.
- Very good athlete with great bounce off the floor
- Soft hands
- Shoots a high percentage from the free throw line for a big – good form.
- Plays Hard, Good motor – very aggressive / active on the court
- Highly proficient with his right jump hook (his go-to move), which utilizes his soft touch around the rim and quick bounce off his feet.
- Quick to the ball – shows good reaction time.
- Vastly improving his jump shot – his form is much improved from a year ago – looks much more confident and his range has expanded to the 3 pt line. (he must continue to improve)
- Great outlet passer – After securing rebounds does a great job getting the ball up court and starting a transition opportunity.
- Physical style on both sides of the ball – willing to give up his body and take contact – Does a lot of the the dirty work in the paint.
- Sets solid on the ball screens – Becoming more adept at playing pick and pop.
- Sprints up and down the court.
- Good timing on the defensive end – blocks / alters quite a few shots
- Possess the physical components to defend at the next level (length, athleticism, mobility, strength)...aside from height.
- Undersized 4 for the NBA level
- Needs to further develop his offensive repertoire in the post and become more proficient with his back to the basket…He won’t be able to rely so much on establishing very low position, as his game advances to the next level… Right now, he’s very limited with his moves when he gets the ball down low.
- Rarely utilizes his Left Hand around the rim – In the post, he’s much more effective when he turns to his left shoulder and shoots right, as he’s not comfortable turning right and finishing with his left hand.
- Has a tendency to play behind the defense in the offensive sets, when he wants to get very low position, making it tough to feed him the ball… lets the opposition front him, making for a tough entry pass.
- Lacks the versatility to play the 3 – he’s most comfortable in the paint
- Needs to do a better job hedging out defensively, to prevent penetration and allow teammates to recover after being screened.
- Only true position he can defend is the 4, as he lacks the height to guard the 5 and the foot speed to defend the 3.
Early in the season, it looks as if Patrick Patterson made a very wise decision returning to college for his Junior year. Offensively, the big question mark that surrounded Patterson coming into this season, was his ability to knock down a mid-range jumper with consistency. Thus far he’s done a great job showing that he’s become a more consistent mid-range shooter, even displaying range that extends out to the 3 point line.
Patterson’s current style of play – relying on establishing extremely low position and using his impressive body to pick up easy buckets, won’t translate at the next level. Especially as an undersized 4, which is why adding a nice shooting touch, to compliment his ability to finish around the rim, makes him a much better prospect for the NBA game.
There’s also a lot to really like about Patterson’s game, but one of the most telling signs of Patterson’s development has been the way he’s blended in with the Kentucky freshman class. Despite the buzz surrounding the freshman, it’s been Patterson who’s done the things that get you W’s (rebounding, taking charges, helping defensively when guards are beat on penetration, shooting a high fg % from the floor, scrapping for loose balls, etc). His maturity and the way he now plays within the flow of the offense are telling indicators about far he’s come as a player.
Patterson will be an undersized 4 at the next level, but his athleticism, strength and aggressive style of play, help to partially offset some of this deficiency.
One area I’d like to see Patterson continue to improve is his defensive awareness. There were times when he failed to hedge out on pick and rolls, and also lost his man in the paint. He’s done a good job helping to protect the rim, I’d just like to see him become more complete defensively.
Patterson will never be a guy the offense runs through at the next level, so hitting a jumper with consistency, will force defenses to account for him. He’s displayed a much improved shooting stroke this season and thus his confidence has soared, but he’ll have to demonstrate he can get the job done in this area throughout the season.
With that said, Patterson might not have the ceiling of other players in the upcoming 2010 draft – doesn’t have all-star potential / won’t be a 1st or 2nd option offensively – but his style of play has winning potential at the next level. For that reason, I would look start to look closely at Patterson, with picks #12 - #15.
*Resembles Udonis Haslem, with more athleticism.