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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.

Justin Patton
No. 13 – Oklahoma City Thunder
Personal information
Born (1997-06-14) June 14, 1997 (age 22)
Riverdale, Georgia
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolOmaha North (Omaha, Nebraska)
CollegeCreighton (2016–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career2017–present
Career history
20172018Minnesota Timberwolves
2017–2018Iowa Wolves
2018–2019Philadelphia 76ers
2019Delaware Blue Coats
2019–presentOklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

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.[1]

High school careerEdit

Patton attended Omaha North High School in Omaha, Nebraska.[2] He played with the Omaha Sports Academy Crusaders on the AAU circuit.[3] He was rated by as a five-star recruit and was recruited by Creighton University basketball.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Justin Patton
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
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2015 Creighton Basketball Commitment List".
  • "2015 Team Ranking".

College careerEdit

Patton redshirted his first year at Creighton In 2015.[5][6] 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. [7] In his first college game in 2016, he scored 12 points and had eight rebounds.[8][9] 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.[10] On April 5, 2017, Patton relinquished his college eligibility by declaring for the NBA draft and signing with an agent.[11]

Professional careerEdit

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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. [15] On September 18, 2018, Patton underwent surgery for a broken right foot.[16]

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.[17]

Oklahoma City Thunder (2019–present)Edit

On August 13, 2019, Patton signed with the Thunder.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

  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


Regular seasonEdit

2017–18 Minnesota 1 0 4.0 .500 .0 .0 1.0 .0 2.0
2018–19 Philadelphia 3 0 7.0 .286 .000 .500 2.0 1.0 .7 .0 1.7
Career 4 0 6.3 .233 .000 .500 1.5 .8 .8 .0 1.8

NBA G LeagueEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2017–18 Iowa 38 28 23.1 .476 .300 .764 5.4 1.6 1.0 1.3 12.7
2018–19 Delaware 11 2 18.5 .500 .167 .625 5.6 1.6 .9 2.0 8.7
Career 49 30 22.1 .480 .286 .735 5.4 1.6 1.0 1.5 11.8


2016–17 Creighton 35 34 25.3 .676 .533 .517 6.2 1.2 .9 1.4 12.9

Player profileEdit

At 7'0, 230 pounds, with a 7'2 ½ wingspan, Patton was initially recruited to Creighton as a defensive center.[citation needed] He is a strong rim-runner, and his passing ability has been compared to that of Vlade Divac.[19] He is able to effectively play above the rim, as a strong finisher. He has sometimes struggled with positioning for rebounds.[20] He is sometimes late to challenge shots at the basket, and sometimes needlessly swipes at the ball, which leads to foul trouble.[20]


  1. ^ "Justin Patton". March 17, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ writer, Jon Nyatawa / World-Herald staff. "Blue Christmas: Homegrown talents Justin Patton, Khyri Thomas making sure holidays are anything but depressing for Creighton".
  3. ^ Walsh, Peter (May 17, 2017). "Out The Mud". Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Today, Bluejays. "Creighton commit Justin Patton named No. 24 prospect in country".
  5. ^ writer, Steven Pivovar / World-Herald staff. "Creighton freshman Justin Patton will redshirt".
  6. ^ "Creighton's Justin Patton earning title no one expected: one-and-done NBA prospect". 6 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Inside the rapid rise of Bluejays big man Justin Patton". January 18, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Planos, Josh (6 January 2017). "Justin Patton's meteoric rise isn't done yet".
  9. ^ "Why Justin Patton will be key for a potential Creighton Final Four run - FOX Sports". 8 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Justin Patton - 2016-17". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  11. ^ Nathan, Alec (2017-04-05). "Justin Patton Declares for 2017 NBA Draft, Will Sign an Agent". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  12. ^ "Timberwolves Sign Justin Patton". July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "Justin Patton Injury Update". July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Former Creighton, Omaha North star Justin Patton makes NBA debut with Minnesota Timberwolves". April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Timberwolves' rookie Justin Patton sidelined indefinitely after another foot surgery". April 19, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Timberwolves' Justin Patton again has surgery on broken foot". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Team Acquires Four-Time All-Star Jimmy Butler". November 12, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Thunder Signs Justin Patton". Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Frederick, Jace (February 19, 2018). "Timberwolves rookie Justin Patton flashing a high hoops IQ in Iowa". Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  20. ^ a b Schmitz, Mike; Riddell, Josh (May 2, 2017). "Justin Patton Nba Draft Scouting Report And Video Analysis". Retrieved April 19, 2018.

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