Sacramento Kings Need To Give Patrick Patterson More Minutes

By John Raffel
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Patterson got a chance to show his stuff for the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday and came through nicely, despite an 87-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Patterson, picked up seven games ago from the Houston Rockets, came off the bench and scored 15 points for the Kings against Golden State, and looked very effective. The nearly 28 minutes he put on the court for the Kings came at the right time. He served the Kings notice that he’s ready to be a major contributor for him.

Patterson, the former Kentucky Wildcats who has had two years of professional basketball experience, was 6-of-10 for the Kings from the floor with 15 points. He was perfect in all of his three 3-point attempts. He also contributed with eight rebounds and four assists.

Some players can’t step on the court for another team and be effective right away. The Kings will have no choice but play Patterson a lot and give him a chance to show his stuff. He started 38 of the 47 games in which he played for the Rockets and averaged 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. He was averaging 25.9 minutes a game with the Rockets.

With the Kings, he’s seen 17.1 minutes per game and, in seven contests, is averaging 6.7 points and 3.56 rebounds.

Patterson has developed into a reliable shooter in the NBA. He shot 51.9 percent with the Rockets and is shooting 51.4 percent with the Kings. In his two seasons, he’s at 49.5 percent and is averaging 83 points per game, plus 4.3 rebounds.

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