Patrick Patterson Wants Huge Role From Sacramento Kings

By John Raffel
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Patterson wants to make sure that when the Sacramento Kings and new coach Michael Malone put together their roster and strategies for the 2013-14 season, that he receives a prominent role.

Based on his season from a year ago, Patterson deserves plenty of respect from the Kings and should figure in heavily into their 2013-14 plans as a 6-9 forward-center.

In his third NBA season, Patterson had an excellent year. He averaged 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He played 24 games for the Kings and started three times, while averaging 23.2 minutes, 8.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, shooting 49.4 percent from the floor 44.4 percent in threes and 78.6 percent in free throws.

Patterson came over from the Houston Rockets where he had averaged 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 25.9 minutes in 47 games and 38 starts. He was an excellent acquisition for Sacramento and can still be a very valuable player.

His numbers went down from the Rockets to the Kings, but Patterson still remains an excellent NBA prospect who hopes the kings will be his squad for a long time. Sacramento needs to have a lot of solid play in the post and Patterson, if he can go back to his days that he enjoyed while he was with the Rockets, can add a lot of production to the Sacramento attack. He needs to have a big season if the Kings are to make it to the NBA playoffs.

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