“Smooth. Easy. Real comfortable, to say the least,” Patterson said of fitting in with the Raptors, despite being so new to the city that he is still living in a hotel. “I know the guys. I’m already comfortable with them, had previous relationships with them. Also when you have a great coaching staff, and a couple guys I’d been around previously on the staff [during his days with Houston], and [Dwane Casey] is a Kentucky guy, you can’t beat that.”
Patterson’s fit like a glove since being acquired from Sacramento in the Rudy Gay deal about a month ago, becoming Dwane Casey’s first choice big man off of the bench thanks to his defensive positioning, smarts, rebounding and ability to stretch the floor with his shooting. Initially regarded as just one of the pieces in the package coming over from the Kings, Patterson, a restricted free agent this summer, has emerged as the main return and the most intriguing long-term piece for the franchise.
Milwaukee has suffered through their share of injuries. Point guards Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour were injured at the same time early in the season. Forward Carlos Delfino hasn’t played a game yet this year. Center Zaza Pachulia broke his foot in December and power forward John Henson is expected to miss a few games with a high ankle sprain. Between the losing and the injuries, new Head Coach Larry Drew has started playing his rookies, the 19-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo from Greece, the 7’ Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica and second round pick Nate Wolters.
The Bucks are currently the worst team in the NBA.Their stats are revealing: 29th in points, and 25th in rebounds, per game. An overtime record of 1-4 is damaging. Despite acquiring solid players like O.J. Mayo, Gary Neal and Brandon Knight during the off-season, to make their second consecutive playoff trip, their strategy now is to lose now and get a high lottery pick, a.k.a “tanking”, and evaluate their youth.
n this team’s setup, yes. He’s also probably the only SF in the league who doesn’t weigh 200lbs, so I’m still not sure about his future at the 3.