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Patterson a Hot Commodity Despite Down Season
Monday, Feb. 15
Bobby Marks of The Vertical wrote Patterson is a player teams "covet" as they attempt to fill a stretch-4 role. The 26-year-old is averaging 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season.
Those numbers rank at or right around his career lows, as Patterson is shooting a disconcerting 39.5 percent from the field. He's managed to keep his three-point percentage (34.8) right around league average, but it's been a constant struggle.
“When my three isn’t falling, I tend to run myself off the line and try to do too much—penetrate and attack the basket and overthink at times, rather than keep letting it fly,” he said in December, per Eric Koreen of the National Post. “Eventually it’ll fall in, it just takes time. (I just have to) stay consistent, stay persistent and just stay confident.”
The Raptors' faith in Patterson began paying off a bit before the All-Star break. He shot 48.4 percent overall and 44.2 percent from three in January and continued that by hitting long-range shots at a 40 percent clip in five February games before the break.
Toronto has clearly established itself as the East's second-best team, so it would take a no-brainer offer for general manager Masai Ujiri to mess with the team's chemistry.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News floated the possibility of Patterson heading to Brooklyn with Delon Wright in exchange for forward Thaddeus Young. Odds are Young will be a bit more costly than that, but he'd be an upgrade over Patterson at this point.
For now, it's unlikely the Raptors make any big moves unless it's something that can give them a better chance in a best-of-seven series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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