4 things Justin Patton could bring to the Rockets
What Justin Patton brings to the Houston Rockets: 4. Rebounding
As Justin Patton has received very little time at the NBA level, let’s focus on his time in the G-League, as he’s played four seasons thus far and received much more playing time. At 6-foot-11, Patton has the ability to help out on the glass, as evident by his per 36 numbers over the last three seasons:
- 2018-19: 10.9 rebounds per 36
- 2019-20: 10.4 rebounds per 36
- 2020-21: 11.3 rebounds per 36
Patton is also a major contributor in the offensive rebounding column, as he’s averaged roughly two offensive rebounds per game in each of his last four seasons in the G-League. Compare that to the Rockets, who average just 8.7 offensive rebounds, which ranks 24th in the league.
This could create more second-chance points, which the Rockets could certainly use. All in all, Patton’s rebounding ability would give the Rockets a much needed boost on the boards, as they rank 23rd in rebounding.
What Justin Patton brings to the Houston Rockets: 3. Playmaking
Patton was easily one of the better passing bigs in the G-League, as he averaged roughly 3 assists just last season, followed by 2.5 assists this season. The 23-year-old’s passing ability could be beneficial for creating scoring opportunities for several of the Rockets’ shooters, such as Sterling Brown, Ben McLemore, Danuel House, and P.J. Tucker.
Patton’s playmaking could also be beneficial on the fast break, where he’s shown his ability to make flashy passes.
.@Timberwolves assignee and @NBADraft first round selection Justin Patton showing off his vision in the #NBAGLeague today! pic.twitter.com/8s3YahB49p
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) December 17, 2017
For a Rockets team that ranks just 24th in assists and 26th in offensive rating, Patton’s facilitating could be beneficial.
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