If Patrick Patterson can play 82 games during the 2013-14 NBA season the way he did the first 47 games of the 2012-13 campaign with the Houston Rockets, then he’ll be a delight for the Sacramento Kings to watch.
Patterson is hoping to become a steadier player for the Kings. He had modest performances his first two seasons with the Rockets while usually coming off the bench. Then to start out the 2012-13 season, Patterson started 38-of-47 games and averaged 25.9 minutes, 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He also shot 51.9 percent from the floor for the Rockets. He’s a player the Kings can trust when the basketball is in his hands.
Patterson can give the Kings power inside. When he came to Sacramento for the final 24 games of the 2012-13 season, he started three times, averaging 23.2 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He’s likely to come off the bench for the Kings, but he can be a major impact player with his size and aggressiveness to the ball when he goes to the basket.
Patterson had a breakout game against the Los Angeles Lakers in mid-March when he saw 35 minutes of action. He was 9-of-12 from the floor, 2-of-2 from the three-point arc and 2-of-2 on free throws while scoring 22 points and bringing down five rebounds.
It’s that type of effort the Kings would like to see more of and would increase Patterson’s playing time. If he wants to be a starter for the Kings, the main thing would be consistency. His main focus is increasing his paying minutes and being a major impact for Sacramento.
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