The 6-6 small forward had a tremendous senior campaign for the Panthers and his play earned him a spot on the radar of numerous NBA teams. He averaged 17.9 ppg last season as he led the Panthers to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Recently, he impressed numerous scouts with his pure athleticism at the NBA combine in Chicago.
Basketball Insiders had Lamar Patterson write a blog post about his pursuit of his NBA dream. He then followed it up with a second post about his success on the pursuit as well as the remaining adventure.
Lamar Patterson has worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. He has begun working out for the Houston Rockets and will work out for the: San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Patterson has been busy as a lot of teams seem interested in evaluating whether or not he has the potential to be a quality NBA player. He offers a good mix of driving ability with a fairly reliable jump shot that should prove to give him a chance at the professional level.
I think that he has great potential for which ever NBA team (if one does) chooses to draft him. He will relish any opportunity that is thrown his way just as he did in his four years at Pitt. Patterson never backed down from a challenge and always rose to the occasion when the pressure was at its peak.
If it were not for Patterson, the Panthers would have failed to win quite a few games this season.
What completes his game the most his exceptional ability to pass the ball like a point guard. Patterson led the Panthers this season with 4.3 apg which was .2 more than point guard James Robinson. That stat proves his uncanny ability to not only find the open player on the floor but create the shot for him.
None of the NBA mock drafts out there on the internet have Patterson getting drafted. DraftExpress does have him as the 68th best player available in the draft.
I do not think that Patterson will hear his name called on draft day, if he does it will be at the tail-end of the second round. However, I think that it is likely that he will get a chance to make a team at a training camp later in the summer.
If Patterson makes it into the NBA, he will be the fourth active Pitt alum in the NBA joining Aaron Grey, DeJuan Blair and Steven Adams.
The NBA draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 26.