Lost in the shock and (widespread but not unanimous) dismay over the Thomas Robinson deal is the fact that Patrick Patterson, the best player headed to the Kings in the trade, is pretty good. Patterson is in his third season, having entered the draft alongside Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. That means that Patterson is eligible for an early extension in July, and is otherwise on track to be a restricted free agent in 2014. He'll make $2 million this year and $3.1 million next season.
Patterson, 23, is more productive than Robinson right now. He's averaging 16 points and 6.5 rebounds per 36 minutes and shooting 51 percent from the floor with an eFG of .557. For comparison's sake, Robinson is averaging 11 and 10.6 per 36 and shooting 42 percent from the floor with a .424 eFG. (For players with zero three-point makes, FG% and eFG are interchangeable.) So not only is Patterson fairly efficient on two-pointers (56 percent), but he can hit the three, shooting 35-96 (36.5 percent) this season.
Patrick Patterson traded to Kings, where he can be a good piece
Sactown Royalty | Feb 21