The Atlanta Hawks swung a draft-night deal for the second straight year as they acquired Lamar Patterson, the 48th-overall selection in Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft, from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a future pick.
ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford was the first to report the news:
Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC confirmed the transaction and added that Atlanta would be sending a future second-round pick to Milwaukee.
Viv later wrote that the future second-round pick will be from 2015.
Atlanta had accumulated a few 2015 second-round picks in recent years, so trading one away was no big deal. They will still have their own second-round pick, along with a second-round pick from the Nets (via the Jazz) in 2015′s draft.
Patterson is a 6’5″, 225-pound shooting guard, who played all four seasons at Pittsburgh. He averaged 17.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 32.6 minutes per game during his senior year with the Panthers.
“Lamar is a player who really knows how to play basketball,” General Manager Danny Ferry said. “He is smart, a good feel for the game, very good passer and he will fit into our system in regard to his ability to see the court and pass the ball.”
For more information on Patterson, here’s a write-up from DraftExpress.com:
At 6’5 with a 225-pound frame and good wingspan, Patterson is a versatile wing who makes up for whatever he lacks in size with his length. He is a savvy player, which helped compensate for his average athletic profile at the collegiate level; whether this translates into success at the next, however, remains to be seen. Patterson is neither explosive around the basket nor quick off of the dribble, though he looks like he could stand to slim down in order to maximize his athletic potential.
Offensively, Patterson emerged as Pittsburgh’s focal point while averaging an impressive 21.9 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted, upping his usage rate significantly between his junior and senior years. He was extremely versatile, seeing nearly of his scoring or passing possessions as ball handler in pick-and-roll or isolation situations to complement his solid floor spacing ability.
At first glance, Patterson is a very good perimeter shooter with NBA range on his jumper. He took a big step up from his junior to senior year, as well, regaining his sophomore form by making 39% of his shots from beyond the arc while taking over seven 3s per-40. A closer look at the numbers reveals that he is far better in a catch-and-shoot situations (40%) than he is shooting off the dribble (25%). On film, his mechanics can be inconsistent and he will have to streamline his shooting motion if he hopes to emerge as a shooting specialist at the next level, which could be a major key in whether he’s able to carve out a niche in the NBA.