Patrick Patterson played in his first summer league game as a member of the Houston Rockets earlier and left very little doubt as to whether he’s ready to compete at an NBA level. Patterson finished the game, an 18-point win over Phoenix, with 18 points and was the most impressive player on the floor for most of the day.
His first basket came on his easiest attempt of the game, a dunk off a backdoor pass after slipping a screen. The big fella showed his nerves a little as he airballed a 15-footer from the baseline on his next shot, but after that he turned it on. Patterson connected on his final seven shots to finish 8-of-9 from the field with two rebounds.
Not only was the score sheet full for Patrick, his entire repertoire was on display in his debut. He scored with both hands in the post, finished on the break, knocked down mid-range jumpers and even showed off that snazzy three-point stroke, hitting both of his attempts from deep. Kevin McHale never stopped raving about him during the broadcast and I couldn’t agree more. Though we have yet to see three of the other Cats make their first appearance in the summer league, they’d all be hard pressed to top Patterson’s. It was that damn good.
What’s that? You want more from Patrick Patterson? Well, comrade, you’re in luck. His next game will be tomorrow night at 10 p.m. and Matt will be liveblogging it from the arena. Until then, I leave you with 54’s first bucket in the league. Enjoy.