After his sophomore year at Creighton, Center Justin Patton has decided to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft . He averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game last season for the Bluejays.
Weight: 226 lbs
Strengths: Perimeter Shooting, Transition Offense, Defense, Quickness
Patton has shown that he’s a very capable shooter from the perimeter. Shooting 68% from the field, Patton has shown that he is capable of making shots from the outside and in catch-and-shoot situations.
He’s very good in transition, possesing the speed to run down the court ahead of his defenders and get easy buckets around the rim.
Defense is a big plus for Patton. He’s great at contesting shots in the paint, averaging 1.4 blocks per game last season. He is also a great perimeter defender, showing off his versatility on the court.
Patton is an elite athlete and shows that with great quickness for his height and explosiveness off the ground.
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Size, FT Shooting, Rebounding
Patton’s experience is a very big question mark. He’s a raw talent and has only played one season of college basketball, as he was redshirted in his freshman year.
His size is also a big question mark. He’s gained over 26 pounds since his freshman year, but still gets pounded in the paint. NBA bigmen will use this dissadvantage to body Patton in the post with ease, unless he bulks up more.
Patton needs to work on becoming a better free throw shooter, after shootling a dismal 51% from the FT line last season. Although bigmen are known for being terrible free throw shooters at the line, that does not give Patton an excuse to let that be a liabilty in his game. Centers like Marc Gasol, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Brook Lopez are all good free throw shooters.
Rebounding is a big weakness for Patton. Averaging 6.2 rebounds is solid, but for a 7’0″ footer Patton needs to grab more rebounds and needs to be more aggressive.
NBA Player Comparison: Brendan Haywood
Justin Patton is a lot like Brendan Haywood. They are both are good shotblockers, can hit from outside and are efficive players in the pick-and-roll game.
Where Will He Go: #19 to the Atlanta Hawks
Patton will most likely be drafted by the Atlanta Hawks at pick number 19. Paul Millsap is a free agent this summer and may not resign with the team, so Patton would be a nice replacment. Patton might be a long term project, but he is worth the risk.