Justin Nicholas Patton (born June 14, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Creighton Bluejays.
|No. 13 – Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Born||June 14, 1997|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||241 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Omaha North (Omaha, Nebraska)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|2019||→Delaware Blue Coats|
|2019–present||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 High school career
- 3 College career
- 4 Professional career
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Player profile
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and educationEdit
Patton was born to Tora Patton. He has three siblings, Terrel Steen, Kendall Patton, and Raven Bryson. He was a social work major at Creighton, and is the cousin of Creighton's former basketball player Donnie Johnson.
High school careerEdit
Patton attended Omaha North High School in Omaha, Nebraska. He played with the Omaha Sports Academy Crusaders on the AAU circuit. He was rated by Scout.com as a five-star recruit and was recruited by Creighton University basketball.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Omaha, Nebraska||Omaha North||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||Jun 17, 2014|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 80|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24 Rivals: 45|
Patton redshirted his first year at Creighton In 2015. Greg McDermott, his coach, had considered a redshirt for many different reasons. Patton was young for a freshman and still needed to develop his game. Patton also would have to play limited minutes behind Creighton’s other big, 7-foot-center Geoff Groselle. McDermott believed that Patton needed to learn how to compete at this level, and learn the importance of a healthy diet and sleep.  In his first college game in 2016, he scored 12 points and had eight rebounds. He scored a season high 25 points against St. John's on January 4. 2017. He had 13 straight games in double-figures before breaking it in a loss against Xavier on February 4, 2017. During his freshman season he was named Big East Freshman of the Year, and Second Team All-Big East. On April 5, 2017, Patton relinquished his college eligibility by declaring for the NBA draft and signing with an agent.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2017–2018)Edit
Patton was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick in the 2017 NBA draft. On draft night his rights were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Jimmy Butler in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen. On July 4, 2017, Patton signed with the Timberwolves. Patton was to participate in the 2017 NBA Summer League, however, he suffered an injury during the workout and underwent an immediate surgery to repair his broken left foot, and was sidelined indefinitely. Patton made his NBA debut on April 1, 2018, against the Utah Jazz, scoring two points on two shots and made one steal in his only game with the Timberwolves. Patton remained with the team for the rest of their season. On April 18, 2018, Patton underwent surgery on his left foot to encourage further healing of the injury he suffered the previous summer. The team announced he would be sidelined indefinitely. Patton spent the majority of his rookie season with the Iowa Wolves, and started in 38 games, while averaging 12.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game.  On September 18, 2018, Patton underwent surgery for a broken right foot.
Philadelphia 76ers (2018–2019)Edit
On November 12, 2018, Patton was traded, along with Jimmy Butler, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Šarić, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round draft pick. On April 3, 2019, Patton was waived by the 76ers after appearing in 3 games.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2019–present)Edit
On August 13, 2019, Patton signed with the Thunder.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
NBA G LeagueEdit
At 7'0, 230 pounds, with a 7'2 ½ wingspan, Patton was initially recruited to Creighton as a defensive center. He is a strong rim-runner, and his passing ability has been compared to that of Vlade Divac. He is able to effectively play above the rim, as a strong finisher. He has sometimes struggled with positioning for rebounds. He is sometimes late to challenge shots at the basket, and sometimes needlessly swipes at the ball, which leads to foul trouble.
- "Justin Patton". gocreighton.com. March 17, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- writer, Jon Nyatawa / World-Herald staff. "Blue Christmas: Homegrown talents Justin Patton, Khyri Thomas making sure holidays are anything but depressing for Creighton".
- Walsh, Peter (May 17, 2017). "Out The Mud". slam.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
- Today, Bluejays. "Creighton commit Justin Patton named No. 24 prospect in country".
- writer, Steven Pivovar / World-Herald staff. "Creighton freshman Justin Patton will redshirt".
- "Creighton's Justin Patton earning title no one expected: one-and-done NBA prospect". 6 January 2017.
- "Inside the rapid rise of Bluejays big man Justin Patton". www.si.com. January 18, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
- Planos, Josh (6 January 2017). "Justin Patton's meteoric rise isn't done yet".
- "Why Justin Patton will be key for a potential Creighton Final Four run - FOX Sports". 8 December 2016.
- "Justin Patton - 2016-17". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
- Nathan, Alec (2017-04-05). "Justin Patton Declares for 2017 NBA Draft, Will Sign an Agent". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
- "Timberwolves Sign Justin Patton". NBA.com. July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
- "Justin Patton Injury Update". NBA.com. July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
- "Former Creighton, Omaha North star Justin Patton makes NBA debut with Minnesota Timberwolves". www.omaha.com/creighton/. April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- "Timberwolves' rookie Justin Patton sidelined indefinitely after another foot surgery". www.twincities.com. April 19, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- "Timberwolves' Justin Patton again has surgery on broken foot". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- "Team Acquires Four-Time All-Star Jimmy Butler". NBA.com. November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
- "Thunder Signs Justin Patton". NBA.com. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
- Frederick, Jace (February 19, 2018). "Timberwolves rookie Justin Patton flashing a high hoops IQ in Iowa". twincities.com. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Schmitz, Mike; Riddell, Josh (May 2, 2017). "Justin Patton Nba Draft Scouting Report And Video Analysis". draftexpress.com. Retrieved April 19, 2018.