Patrick Patterson draft profile


Patrick Patterson (Kentucky, junior)
6'8, 230 lbs, PF

Patterson is a unique player in that nothing stands out for him, yet he gets the job done in about every facet.  Skillwise, he is a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.  Even phyiscally, he's a good, but not great athlete.  At 6'8, he is undersized for a power forward, but he has strength and long arms that make up for it.  

Offensively, Patterson shoots a high percentage, and it's not due to cherry picking dunks..  Patterson's shot his jumper consistently from 17 to 18 feet in the past and improved his range to the college three point line this season.  He works the post from seven to ten feet out shooting hooks effectively with either hand and using a turn around jumper as a counter move.   While his post game was effective in college, his size, 6'8, may limit his low post play in the NBA.

Defensively, Patterson raised his level of intensity this season.  He plays solid help defense by hedging to stop dribble penetration while still possessing the ability to get back to his man. He fight off most players in the post with his solid frame.  Patterson rebounds and blocks shots at a decent rate but isn't special in either area performing under the bar typically set for big man draft prospects.

How does his game translate to the NBA?

Right now, Patterson is a safe pick from late lottery until around pick 20.  His wide array of skills should allow him to produce right away in the NBA though his combination of size and athleticism limits his ceiling.  The team that drafts him brings in a quality player with good character.   They can use him as a low end starter or quality bench player.  Patterson's game resembles Paul Millsap with less motor or a poor man's Antonio McDyess during his prime.  

How would he fit on the Bulls?

Patterson would be a solid, but redundant player in the Bulls scheme, in that he emulates several strengths of Taj Gibson.  Unless all shooting guards and front court players with upside are taken off the board, or Taj is traded,  I do not see the Bulls drafting Patterson, nor the need to.   


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  • I really wouldn't be opposed to the Bulls drafting Patterson. If we weren't to get a big name big this offseason he'd be great in platoon with Gibson. Really enjoying your profiles Kevin. Great addition to Bulls Confidential.

  • I see a little Horace Grant in Patterson's build and style.

    Personally, I would prefer if the Bulls got a PF thru FA and not the draft.

  • Another good one if Gar and Pax forsee Taj going in a sign & trade.


    If you want Dwyane Wade back home in Chicago, then INFILTRATE this movement.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I would rather have Lebron or Bosh before wade. They both would either make us better or be a better fit.

    Wade is great but I would rather have a good big than another guard. We can find a good guard. The Bosh's of the world dont come around often.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    BiggestBullsfan yea i agree +10

    Also visit this site , its Chicago way of saying we want LeBron.

    But ya, love the profiles but i doubt Patterson will even be there for us. But if we did take him, he could be a replacement for Taj. I think the Bulls will take a SG or best player available for this draft. We need a guy that can give us minutes since our bench will be pretty bad as of right now.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Bulls' management needs to go SG in the draft and PF in FA.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If you saw the postgame tonight after CAVS-CELTICS, Avery Johnson seems to be on a mission to screw up the Bulls. He had told earlier that the VDN-Paxson fight is a bad thing for somebody to coach there and today he claims that New Jersey has better talent than the Bulls for LeBron and Rose cannot play with LeBron

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I think I know why Avery is unemployed at the moment.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    The Bulls need a stud at the power forward position. Patterson should be a good roleplayer in the league, but the Bulls already have a solid backup caliber power forward in Gibson.

  • In reply to JimmyBulls:

    True, but you can never have enough depth in the front court for a deep playoff run. With Miller likely gone or further diminished and even a proper max PF signing, that's still only three deep (if we don't see Asik). These guys get banged up day in and day out, and a deep rotation there protects them and more than doubles the front court options over being three deep.

    That said, unless we're going to be losing Taj, this is more the kind of guy I expect us to be drafting two years from now if we're set everywhere else.

    Patterson's defensive rebounding is downright awful, though. Unless he can alleviate some fears on that in workouts, I think he might drop a fair bit. A big who can't rebound in college doesn't often do well in the NBA.

  • In reply to JimmyBulls:

    Kevin, agreed. Absolutely Not interested in Patrick Patterson. Next..

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