One of the reasons the Sacramento Kings have been surging the last few weeks of the NBA season has been the steady play of forward-center Patrick Patterson from off the bench. He’s making all the right moves and all the right plays.
The third-year pro has been showing plenty of maturity in recent games. He’s been coming off the bench usually but has put in some valuable minutes.
One of the Kings’ most enjoyable wins of the season came on Tuesday with a 116-101 victory over NBA West power Los Angeles Clippers. Patterson played for 26 minutes and shot 6-of-10 from the floor and 1-of-2 in 3-point shots. He also had five rebounds.
He wasn’t bad either on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers in a 113-102 setback. Patterson had a strong game with 9-of-12 shooting from the floor and 2-of-2 in 3-point tries for 22 points.
Last week, in the memorable 121-79 clubbing of the Chicago Bulls, he was 6-of-7 from the floor and had 14 points.
As the Kings bid to have a strong finish to the season, Patterson, who played his first 47 games from the Houston Rockets, hopes to get more minutes for his new team to show everyone what he can do. He averaged 25.9 minutes per game with Houston but only at 20.4 points per game with the King. He has all the tools to become a top notch NBA player for a long time. It’s a matter of having a coach that will use him wisely for the rest of this season and the remainder of his career.