Here is a guy in his make or break season with the Houston Rockets. Fans, coaches and the front office are all waiting for Patrick Patterson to live up to being drafted 14th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft. He didn’t make a major step forward last season but will have to this season to keep his spot on the roster. With the love affair the Rockets organization has with forwards, they don’t wait long for players to get situated. If he doesn’t show he can take on the starting spot quickly Houston will move on to the next guy up.
Patterson needs a lot of work to become a starting power forward and to keep that job. He desperately needs to go up stronger in the paint. A 6’10, 235 pound guy shouldn’t be putting up floaters over his opponent. He should be going up strong and banging down low to inch closer to the basket. He has a nice turn around hook shot and has learned some good tips from former teammate Luis Scola. He needs to add power to his repertoire. He has a nice jump shot and is very athletic, just needs to be more aggressive in the paint.
He also needs to add defense to his game, because he lacks all of it. He hasn’t been rebounding very well so far, doesn’t box out his man enough, isn’t a shot blocker and doesn’t have quick hands on defense. He needs to also use his strength on the defensive end and get more aggressive. Don’t allow small guards and below average big men to dominate your painted area. To many times last year Patterson and Scola got schooled by their opponent down low. This needs to change.
Patterson should look to coach Kevin McHale to help him with his flaws in his game. There isn’t very many people in NBA history who know more about the painted area on both sides of the floor than McHale. Everything that Patterson needs to work on, McHale was great at. Patrick has a lot of work to do and don’t think for one second he’s a lock to start at power forward next season.