As part of the ESPN TrueHoop Network Draft Coverage, we got our ramblers rambling and came up with a mock draft of our very own. HP is chipping in to pitch relief on some picks. Here’s the Rockets pick. Which is easy, since, because it’s Daryl Morey and he runs the game, the pick will automatically be correct.
Here’s the first round so far.
WITH THE 14TH PICK OF THE ESPN TRUEHOOP NETWORK NBA DRAFT, THE HOUSTON ROCKETS SELECT:
PATRICK PATTERSON, F, KENTUCKY
Take a good Syrah. A really good one. Now put it up next to a healthy, well-aged, good-year Bordeaux and some sort of designer Cabernet. That Syrah’s going to drop in price,. People are going to downgrade, and flock to ridiculous roses and probably a Merlot of some sort. Meanwhile, that versatile, top-line Syrah is just sitting there on the shelf, collecting dust. Welcome to Patrick Patterson’s last year at the Unveristy of Kentucky.
Patterson led Kentucky in scoring until Wall and the Beast from the Bellows showed up. Then he was just a complimentary player. But if you watched Kentucky, really sat down and watched them, you’d notice that in those critical games where Kentucky really needed to find it and see that Patterson was capable of range and precision, with rebounding and toughness miexed in. He got lost with Wall wooing the scouts and Cousins bullying his way in, but with his experience, he was the most refined Wildcat on the floor. He could have jumped the last two seasons and wouldn’t have made it out of the first round. A year with Calipari and some quality teammates lowered his numbers but showed off what he’s capable of. His numbers at the combine were good and he’s one of the few combo-forwards in the Draft that you don’t actually have to worry about their mid-range game (DO YOU HEAR ME, FAVORS LOVERS? DO YOU?!). Patterson’s got a great shot at being a complement to Ming next season that helps put the Rockets back in the playoffs. Rox gon’ get buckets, son.