Patrick Patterson is fitting nicely into the Sacramento Kings lineup.
He’s only been a Sacramento King for 10 days since coming from the Houston Rockets but has been getting the job done for his new team. For the season, he’s averaging 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game and is shooting 51.8 percent from the floor. He had been averaging, in 47 NBA games for Houston, 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds an outing. He’s been trying to work his way into more minutes for the Kings and is at 7.3 points and 4.3 boards per outing.
His contest against the Milwaukee Bucks was a breakout game of sorts for Patterson when he saw 20 minutes of action and was 6-of-7 from the floor, netted 14 points and brought down nine total rebounds. He also played no small role in one of the most impressive Kings performances of the season earlier this week, a 121-79 blasting of the Chicago Bulls.
Patterson was starting to assert himself with the Rockets before being traded to the Kings. What’s especially dynamic about Patterson is his excellent shooting ability. He’s been extremely reliable when he puts it in the air. He’s going to do something good with the ball most of the time he has it.
Sacramento has a talented ball player in the third-year performer from Kentucky. It’s too late for the team to go for a winning record or playoff spot. But they can do a lot of damage to other teams, as the Bulls would admit.