The Clippers announced on social media that they have acquired power forward Patrick Patterson just hours after the announcement of acquiring Tyronn Lue as an assistant coach. An already very busy offseason in LA, this trade just added on to the whole list of players coming to the Clippers. Let’s see what Patterson brings with him for the 2019-2020 Clips.
Patrick Patterson has already played eleven whole NBA seasons, and he’s currently only 30 years old. Starting off in Houston back in 2010, he started his career off dropping 10.4 points per game by his third season. Afterward, his production slipped each year, and his knee surgery in 2017 didn’t help his career much, but he still played with the best of his abilities. Before LA, he played for four different teams, one of those teams being OKC.
What Patterson Brings To the Team
Patterson has been a reliable player, and he’s played at least 65 games in each of his past five seasons. Before last season, he was also a decent three-point shooter, his high being .386% in the past five seasons. His highest two-point average was as high as .536 in the 2014-2015 season. He’s a hard worker, and he’ll grind to get as many rebounds as possible, which will help out an already booming offense. Unfortunately, Patterson isn’t as fast as he used to be considering his age and his knee, but he’s a true grinder that can still play with the best of them.
The other great feature that Patterson brings is his chemistry. He played his last two seasons with his now Clippers teammate Paul George, and they both worked well together without any real drama. Patterson is a great guy, and he’s amazing to have on any bench or in any lockerroom. But perhaps best of all, he brings along with him some of the nastiest dunks seen since Lob City. Always a sweet bonus.
Patterson will most likely play off the bench like he did last year in OKC, but he’ll still get some quality minutes on the court, as he’ll be the backup to JaMychal Green and another earlier addition in Maurice Harkless.
Although Patrick Patterson is a small addition to an already blockbuster-style offseason for the Clippers, he’ll provide more depth to a Clippers bench that was flooded with it even before the offseason began. Expect to be wowed by his three-pointers and enormous dunks, but also expect to see him on the bench for the start of most games.