Many wondered if Lamar Patterson would hear his name in the . Patterson has been open about his busy summer thus far with his three posts on basketball insiders. All good reads that chronicle his uphill journey to the NBA.
The final pre-draft words from Lamar Patterson:
19 workouts completed now the rest is in Gods hands...I'm good I know he has something up his sleeves for me— Lamar Patterson (@LP21_) June 25, 2014
Finally at 11:41 p.m. the Milwaukee Bucks made Patterson the 48th player selected in the draft. Minutes later it was announced that the rights to Patterson were traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
The move to Atlanta is likely one that will bode well for Patterson. It would have been tough for him to play in Milwaukee behind second overall pick Jabari Parker. Patterson should get an immediate opportunity with the Hawks as their current small forward options are DeMarre Carroll and Cartier Martin, neither of whom have been too impressive. Expect Patterson to have an opportunity with the Hawks right out of the gate.
The Hawks are a team that barely made the 2014 playoffs and one that is in a rebuilding phase. With a current core of Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Jeff Teague, the Hawks could use a steady passer like Patterson to help the offense flow.
After not being drafted in 2011, Brad Wannamaker nearly made the Hawks out of training camp but ultimately fell short and has been playing overseas. Patterson has often been compared to Wannamaker in that the two possess stellar passing ability with an above average shooting range.
Overall, the Hawks could be an ideal fit for Patterson to get his shot in the NBA.