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Lamar Patterson - SG, 6'5, 226
Atlanta Hawks - Signed as a free agent in February 2017
       Date of birth: 08/12/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 48th pick, 2014
     Out of: Pittsburgh
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2009 - 2014 Pittsburgh (NCAA)
July 2014 Atlanta Hawks (Summer League)
August 2014 - June 2015 Tofas Bursa (Turkey)
July 2015 Atlanta Hawks (Summer League)
July 2015 - July 2016 Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
July 2016 - October 2016 Sacramento Kings (NBA)
October 2016 - January 2017 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
January 2017 - February 2017 Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
February 2017 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
February 2017 - present Atlanta Hawks (NBA)


Date
League
Transaction
2014 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 48th overall by Milwaukee.
2014 NBA Draft NBA Draft rights traded by Milwaukee to Atlanta in exchange for a 2015 second round pick,
5th August, 2014 Turkey Signed a one year contract with Tofas Brescia.
22nd July, 2015 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Atlanta.
13th November, 2015 D-League Assigned by Atlanta to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
15th November, 2015 D-League Recalled by Atlanta from Austin Spurs of the D-League.
5th December, 2015 D-League Assigned by Atlanta to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
6th December, 2015 D-League Recalled by Atlanta from Austin Spurs of the D-League.
13th January, 2016 D-League Assigned by Atlanta to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
16th January, 2016 D-League Recalled by Atlanta from Austin Spurs of the D-League.
26th February, 2016 D-League Assigned by Atlanta to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
28th February, 2016 D-League Recalled by Atlanta from Austin Spurs of the D-League.
1st March, 2016 D-League Assigned by Atlanta to Canton Charge of the D-League.
25th March, 2016 D-League Recalled by Atlanta from Canton Charge of the D-League.
29th March, 2016 D-League Assigned by Atlanta to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
15th April, 2016 D-League Recalled by Atlanta from Austin Spurs of the D-League.
17th April, 2016 D-League Assigned by Atlanta to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
19th April, 2016 D-League Recalled by Atlanta from Austin Spurs of the D-League.
20th April, 2016 D-League Assigned by Atlanta to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
20th April, 2016 D-League Recalled by Atlanta from Austin Spurs of the D-League.
12th July, 2016 NBA Waived by Atlanta.
14th July, 2016 NBA Claimed off waivers by Sacramento.
19th October, 2016 NBA Waived by Sacramento.
21st October, 2016 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Sacramento.
24th October, 2016 NBA Waived by Sacramento.
31st October, 2016 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Reno Bighorns.
29th January, 2017 NBA Signed a 10 day contract with Atlanta.
8th February, 2017 NBA Signed a second 10 day contract with Atlanta.
20th February, 2017 D-League Designated as a returning player by Reno Bighorns.
24th February, 2017 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2018 with Atlanta.


From blog:


   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 2: NCAA Shooting Guards
2014-06-17

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Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh, Senior, 6'6 212lbs

2013/14 stats: 32.6 mpg, 17.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.3 bpg, 2.0 fpg, 2.6 TOpg, 44.1% FG, 38.8% 3PT, 75.4% FT

As opposed to all the shooting specialists on this list, Patterson is instead a primary playmaking guard. With the body of a two guard and the game of a point forward, Patterson differs from pretty much the entire rest of the crop in this list by being a pass-first player. Or at least, he used to be. After a big scoring uptick as a senior, that distinction is now much harder to make.

Patterson's offensive development has come mostly from a much improved jump shot, as well as much more willingness to use it. His decision making has always been a strength, but would never hunt his shot all that much. Now, though, Patterson has struck the balance between being a primary scoring option and a great playmaker.

A very high IQ player with vision, decision making and unselfishness, Patterson has also become a fine spot-up shooter from both mid and long range. Although he still somewhat lacks a pull-up jumper, Patterson can also be run off screens for jump shot looks, yet also uses these screens to sneak attack his way to the basket. Lacking explosiveness to get to the basket, Patterson gets there anyway through craftiness and hesitations, and finishes well considering he is a below-the-rim player.

Patterson can play on or off the ball, his versatility being a main virtue. While not a primary ball handler in getting the ball over half court - there's no need for him to be, really - Patterson does a good amoount of ball handling once in the front court and makes plenty of plays out of the pick-and-roll. He doesn't play in the full court much, his lack of elite athleticism somewhat hindering here, but his all-around game also translates to the defensive end, where his average athleticism is offset by a decent wingspan, toughness, good reads, a high effort level and quick hands. Patterson also crashes the glass well for a perimeter player, his guile and tenacity once again overcoming a lack of elite explosiveness.

From an NBA perspective, adding an efficient high volume jump shot has given Patterson a chance. His lack of elite athleticism might keep him on the fringes, but his high skill level and knowledge of what to do with it gets him to them.

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