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.