Former Pitt star Lamar Patterson was a second-round pick in last month's NBA Draft. Patterson isn't guaranteed a spot on the Atlanta Hawks' roster, but he's definitely getting his chance to stick.
Through two games, the forward is averaging 33 minutes per contest - and for the most part, he's doing a lot with that much playing time. Patterson is scoring ten points per game and in addition to averaging 2.5 rebounds per game, he leads the team in steals with four.
Patterson isn't playing perfectly, as evidenced by the meager 32% he's shooting from the field. He's also not displaying the same all-around game that he did for the Panthers (his rebounding numbers are pretty modest and he's also averaging only .5 assists per game after leading Pitt in that category). Still, Atlanta seems determined to give him a long hard look and his 33 minutes per game are the second most on the team.
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