The Toronto Raptors’ Patrick Patterson has already been traded twice in his four-year NBA career, but now that he’s landed across the border, he seems to be settling in to a decent role, chock full of fantasy value.
In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Patterson and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Brian Roberts.
»Patrick Patterson, PF, Toronto Raptors (1.0 percent owned on ESPN.com)
22 points (7-11 FG, 5-6 FT), 3 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 1 turnover vs Pelicans.
I’ve also thought Patrick Patterson could be a decent, if not good, NBA starter at power forward. He’s a decent scorer, a good rebounder, can hit the three-pointer, and shoots a very well from the field and the charity stripe. That’s why it amazes me that he’s shipped out of two NBA cities so far in his career.
In his third NBA stop — now in Toronto — Patterson is still coming off the pine, but it getting more consistent minutes and is locked into the first big man off the bench role behind Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson. With Johnson nursing a sore ankle in Monday’s matchup versus the Pelicans, Patterson got his first start in Toronto and showed exactly what he can do.
Even though he’s been a bench player for his entire Raptor career before Monday, his numbers are actually really good. Good enough to have him ranked 67th overall on Basketball Monster.com for the past month, in fact.
If you look at the numbers for Patterson and incumbent power forward Johnson for the past month, it’s clear how much more valuable Patterson is in fantasy.
Amir Johnson – 8.4 points, 0.3 three-pointers, 5.7 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, 47.9 FG%, 60.7 FT%
Patrick Patterson – 11.4 points, 0.9 three-pointers, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks, 51.7 FG%, 80.8 FT%
Apart from the advantage in blocks, Patterson is clearly the better option. And he’s doing this in only 23 minutes per game — as opposed to Johnson’s 25. The numbers become even more lopsided toward Pat-Pat if we look at the last two weeks. Patterson is trending up.
The reason I highlight these stats is that it would not surprise me in the slightest if coach Dwayne Casey makes a permanent move to start Patterson for the stretch run in Toronto. If he was to increase his minutes up to 28-30 per game, he could very easily become a top 50 player, and that, dear readers, is someone you need on your roster.