Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets have traded Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, Cole Aldrich and cash considerations to the Sacramento Kings for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt.
The Rockets land their fourth rookie power forward in Thomas Robinson to go along with Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Royce White. Robinson didn’t do much in his short time with the Kings. He averaged just 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in just 16 minutes a game. He will most likely be named the starting power forward when he joins the Rockets.
Patrick Patterson never lived up to the hype in Houston. He never showed he had what it took to be a starter and now he will be demoted to the bench in Sacramento behind Demarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson.
Toney Douglas being traded makes way for Patrick Beverley to be the backup point guard behind Jeremy Lin. Cole Aldrich being traded means Greg Smith will get back his job as the backup center.
Francisco Garcia is a gamer that will come to Houston and play both wing spots. He’s a good shooter and good defender that knows how to play the game the right way.
The biggest name in this trade is definitely Robinson, who was the 5th overall pick in the 2012 draft, ahead of both White and Jones. He has a bigger upside than Patterson, but will he be the guy that locks down the power forward position for years to come? At just 21 years old he has a lot of work to do.