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Patrick Patterson has been a surprise so far for the Houston Rockets in Summer League action. How can a lottery selection be a surprise you ask?
Through four summer league games the 6’9″ Kentucky product has shown tremendous versatility from the power forward position. More specifically he has consistently shown the ability to step out and knock down shots from the perimeter as well as post up on the block and make plays.
Coming into the 2010 NBA draft the biggest negative surrounding the power forward, surprisingly, was his age. Funny when one considers that Patterson just turned 21 back in March. But when you remember that Patterson was the elder statesmen on a Kentucky squad that started three freshmen, the consensus is definitely understandable.
Oh, how the league has changed. Gone are the days of looking for a player who actually completed a significant portion of their collegiate career. We have become so enamored with youth and upside in the NBA that many have forgotten just how important it is to look for mature polished players in the draft.
Give the Houston Rockets credit for picking up a player who played more than one season for his respective school (Kentucky). The Rockets not only got a well spoken and mature man in this year’s NBA draft, but they also got a very talented physical power forward who looks to be a major cog in their future plans.
On Wednesday afternoon Patterson continued his solid summer league play putting in 6 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks showcasing that all – around game mentioned earlier in this piece. Chase Budinger led with a team high 24 points on an efficient 9 of 14 shooting from the floor. Budinger has looked solid throughout this year’s summer league competition and stands to garner increased playing time for the Rockets next season.
The Houston Rockets handed the Denver Nuggets their first defeat in summer league action. The Nuggets were led by Laurence Ekperigin who scored 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the floor.
Ishmael Smith, an undrafted rookie out of Wake Forest, got some major run for the winning team and made the most of it knocking down 7 of 8 shots en route to a 15 point, 6 assist effort for the Rockets.
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