What Justin Patton brings to the Houston Rockets: 2. 3-Point Shooting
Patton also has developed somewhat of a 3-point shot during his time in the G-League, as he made 36.8 percent of his threes with the Wisconsin Herd last season, while taking 2.7 attempts per game. Patton finished the 2019-20 season averaging just 32.2 percent from long-range, which certainly isn’t sniper-level, but is respectable enough to capitalize on open looks that could be created by Houston Rockets point guard John Wall.
Patton made 33.3 percent of his threes this season, although his attempts have been much lower than last season. If Patton can simply knock down open looks from three, that would present a huge value to a Houston Rockets team that ranks 29th in 3-point shooting, despite taking the third-most attempts.
What Justin Patton brings to the Houston Rockets: 1. Rim Protection
Patton’s biggest contribution is by far his defense, as he has shown the ability to be a steady rim protector throughout his tenure in the G-League. This should be no surprise, as he has a 7-foot-3 wingspan, which would make it difficult for opponents to get to the rim.
Patton has been one of the best shot blockers in the G-League dating back to 2018, as he averaged 2 blocks in 2018-19, and followed that up with a gaudy 3.2 blocks just last season. Patton joined the Herd midway through 2019-20 and averaged 3.4 blocks with the franchise, solidifying his ability to be a defensive anchor, if given the opportunity.
Patton ranked third in blocks last season and currently ranks 10th in blocks this season in the G-League. In addition, Patton ranked eighth in defensive rating last season.
Patton’s shot-blocking and overall defensive presence would fit in well with a Rockets team that currently ranks fourth in defensive efficiency.