Patrick Patterson Debuts In Style In The Summer League

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Lots of little stories tonight, but the biggest story was the pro debut of Houston first round draft pick Patrick Patterson. I know it’s just Summer League, but if you weren’t excited about Patterson before you should be now.

For three years Patrick Patterson represented the Kentucky Wildcats in the classiest of manners. No on or off court issues, no problems with the grades as evident by the fact that he graduated in three years, no issue with sharing playing time, no whining or complaining about the Fab Freshmen coming in and taking what was supposed to be his spotlight year.

In fact, Patrick has been just the opposite. The consummate professional in every manner. Physically he’s a beast. His work ethic is unquestionable. His team first attitude showed in every area of his game, sometimes to the fault. His ability to be the silent giant showed throughout his Junior year. His game constantly developing around him.

His choice to return to Kentucky for his Junior year payed off big time when it came NBA Draft time. As the No. 14 Overall pick of the Houston Rockets, Patrick received guaranteed minimum millions. Year One: $1,519,400 | Year Two: $1,633,300 | Total Guaranteed: $3,152,700. Not a bad payday for the young man from West Virginia.

The Houston Rockets may end up with the surprise pick of the Draft. Patterson’s premiere in the Las Vegas Summer League didn’t disappoint as he scored 18 points on 8-9 from the field, including 2-2 from the 3-point line in 20 minutes of play.

Pat’s debut was just the opposite of his Kentucky teammate Orton who struggled throughout the Summer League. Orton finished up his play today with 3 pts on 1-7 shooting, and 0 rebounds in 20 minutes. Daniel Orton’s final summer league stats (5 games): 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks; 4-29 FG (13.7%), 8-17 FT (47.1%).

No need to worry about Daniel or Patrick. Both of these gentlemen will have fine NBA careers, but Patrick Patterson’s development shown in his debut. Expect big things from P Pat in season one and beyond.

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