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Strengths: Utilized his 3rd year to more fully develop his game, as he was relinquished of his duties of being the featured scorer with the help of Cousins, Wall and Bledsoe ... Patterson has an excellent build for an NBA forward, and uses that to his advantage down low ... Good feel for the basket, soft hands, seems to convert at a high rate with fundamental post moves, in particular a baby hook shot, when establishing solid position down low ... Shows good toughness and a power forward's demeanor ... This past year he developed a smooth outside jump shot with encouraging mechanics for a big man, working well when spotting up off a catch and shoot ... His understanding of the game and his mid-range stroke make him a likely candidate to be an efficient pick and roll player down the road ... Patterson has a high basketball IQ, seems to know his limitations, while his work ethic and maturity will likely improve the chances of him earning plentiful rookie minutes ... Defensively, in the paint, he can use his length to contest shots, and with a focus on using his strength to body up and play physical, he has the potential to be a nice post defender ...
Weaknesses: If there is one thing Patterson is missing, it's a face-up part of his game... It's difficult to remember a time where he ever tried to beat his man or take a jump shot off the dribble this past year... For his build and strength, he is not the greatest rebounder, and at the next level when going up against taller and equally strong forwards, he could be a liability on the defensive glass ... When guarding more athletic and quicker forwards like Josh Smith, he could have a difficult time defending on the perimeter (although it seems his footwork and agility have improved over the past year) ... Lacks defensive awareness, and will need to work on his help defense and positioning off the ball ...
Overall: A smart, mature kid who understands his role, Patterson looks like the typical productive power forward that GMs know exactly what they are going to get when they draft him... Not the highest upside, but a safe and reliable pick who rarely turns the ball over and just screams efficiency... With his improved jump shot, and the ability to add a few post moves to his repertoire, Patterson could be a nice fit right away for a team looking for stability at the 4 position, especially if they already have an established rebounding center ...
Jonathan Wasserman 2/27/10
Strengths: Patterson possesses an NBA-ready body and outstanding physical abilities ... Has the demeanor you want in a post player, as he relishes contact and has the willingness to bang inside ... One of the most efficient players in the SEC at 18 PPG (.664 FG% and 1.66 PPS), 9.3 RPG and 2.0 BLK ... He is a warrior inside who understands how to play post position with his back to the basket and relies on his deep position under the basket ... One of the toughest players in the league ... Does a great job of fighting for and holding down his position inside (if he doesn’t feel he is in a good position to catch the ball he will repost and fight for better position) ... Patterson overpowers, out muscles and out wills most of his opponents inside ... Possesses great timing on put-backs, rebounds and 2nd shot opportunities ... His go-to move is to catch the ball inside and turn to his left shoulder and use his right hand baby hook effectively or drop-step and go for dunk ... Patterson is very explosive and aggressive off the ground when attacking the rim ... He has improved his game since last year and developed a solid outside shot from 15-16 feet (on the low post he can even turn around and shoot it off the glass) ... He is very quick at changing directions, and shows solid ability to beat slower defenders off the dribble ... Has the ability to draw contact first and score ... Very good free-throw shooter at .778 % this year so far ... Patterson also improved his rebounding ability (going from 7.7 RPG per game to 9.5 RPG per game this year) ... Although he relied mostly on his body in the past, this year he has learned to box out better and make better use of his 7′2″ wingspan ... Average passer with good court vision (recognizes double teams and will try to find open teammate for the open jump-shot) ... Runs the floor well for his size ... On the defensive end his mobility, long arms, body and athleticism make him solid ... Patterson has good timing for blocking shots (2 BPG) ... Possesses good lateral quickness for his size ... Got his confidence back from last year’s injury (stress fracture in left ankle) ... Despite being undersized, Patterson possesses the heart, determination, and athleticism to overcome these shortcomings. It also helps him that smaller power forwards such as Paul Millsap are having success in the NBA ...
Weaknesses: Patterson is clearly undersized at PF at the next level ... He won't be as effective in the NBA as he is now unless he becomes more versatile player offensively ... His court awareness is a little shaky and he will try to make a move inside with 2-3 defenders on him at the times ... Patterson has to work on turning to his right shoulder and using his left hand (the majority of his points are with his right hand) ... Although his shot has good mechanics, his release point is low and he may have trouble getting his shot off at the next level ... Has to become a more consistent outside shooter as well. He has shown improvement, but can certainly extend his range and consistency ... Not patient enough when trying to block shots and can commits unnecessary fouls being overly aggressive ...
Steven Petrovic – 1/28/2009
Strengths: Patterson is an exceptionally aggressive and athletic player in a man-child NBA body. His pogo-stick leaping ability allows him to be a creative finisher around the basket where he is almost automatic and can finish with either hand. He uses the glass well and is a very powerful dunker. Patterson has great hands that the ball seems to stick to. His brute strength allows him to bang down low with power forwards and be a menace on the boards. However, he is also very quick and should be able to defend the small forward in the NBA. He can pass very well, especially out of double teams, and is a team player with well-rounded statistics. He was measured with a 7-1 wingspan
Weaknesses: Patterson is an amazing talent but does lack some important skills. He is very efficient with the ball and thus does not show extensive ball handling and dribbling skills. He also has not shown an ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter well. Short jumpers are fine, where he sometimes shoots one handed, but he seems even a bit tentative around 15 feet from the hoop and out. He is close to being between positions due to limited perimeter skills and measuring in at just 6-8 without shoes, however players with his package of strength, length, and athleticism dont come along often. There is surely a spot for him in the NBA.
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