Patrick Patterson has been very quiet in recent games for the Sacramento Kings. But Friday night in a Kings loss to the San Antonio Spurs 108-101, Patterson showed signs of life and gave indication he’s planning on playing good basketball before this season ends, even though his team has no chance of making the NBA playoffs.
It’s a good idea for players on a team like the Kings to play as good of basketball as they can to end the season with a good impression on their current coach and future prospective employers. Any indication that they were only going through the motions in the final games of the regular season will diminish their appeal in offseason transactions.
The Kings didn’t play that badly and Patterson had a decent effort in more than 18 minutes of action. He was 4-of-8 from the floor and had eight points plus three rebounds. He had 10 points and seven rebounds in his last game for the Kings against the Dallas Mavericks. But before that, he had a stretch of two games and only two total points. For the most part, he’s avoided a lengthy slump. There’s no reason to start one now.
But Patterson, who has played 20 games for the Kings after having performed in 47 for the Houston Rockets, has a solid future in the NBA. It’s his third season and he’s at 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds a game. He’s showing great potential and still has a chance to be a good NBA player for this franchise or any other team that might eventually pick him up. He just needs to finish out the season very strong and he’ll be all set.