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Kentucky in the NBA: PPat makes hay in Summer League Debut

As if there were any doubt, Patrick Patterson was "money" in his NBA Debut today.  I just watched the tivo of the game (Comcast in Memphis carries the NBA channel) and was so proud.  I have tried to find an article to link but cannot.  The following is from memory.

I believe he went 8/9 from the field and had 2 rebounds in around 14 or 15 minutes.  He did not start but given each quarter was 10 minutes, he got some good time.

His first basket was on a pick and roll which he finished on a dunk.  I believe his second goal was around a 15 footer and his 3rd goal was a 3 pt shot.  He made 2 three pointers in the game.  He also faced up his defender and made a short jumper and had a couple of good moves to the basket- one with his left hand, I believe.  All in all, it was impressive.

He seemed a step slow on defense but I would imagine the game gets much faster at the next level and I am sure he will make the adjustment over time. He was constantly setting picks and screens for his team.

One thought I had as I watched was it was clear staying 3 years allowed him to hit the ground running (ie, he has an outside shot).   Although I have been a defender of Orton going this year, after watching PPat tonight, I may have to change my tune.

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