Pitt forward Lamar Patterson got a pleasant surprise when he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round on Thursday night with the No. 48 overall pick of the NBA Draft.
Patterson didn't have a chance to get too comfortable with his new team, though, as he was then dealt to the Atlanta Hawks for a future second round pick. Essentially, Atlanta wanted to grab him before someone else did, so they worked out a deal with Milwaukee.
Patterson being taken isn't a huge surprise. He was projected as a second rounder in several mock drafts after the season before falling in those recently. But as I said in my preview of him, all it takes is one team to be interested and Patterson found that with the Hawks. What was surprised, however, was the fact that he was taken relatively early, close to the midway point in the second round.
His selection gives Pitt five drafted players in the last decade (Steven Adams, DeJuan Blair, Sam Young, Aaron Gray, and Chris Taft being the others).
More on Patterson tomorrow, but for now, congrats to the former Panther.