Detroit Pistons Sign 2018’s First-round Pick Justin Patton

Justin Patton at college. Photo by Duncan Williams/Csm/Shutterstock

Detroit Pistons will be the latest team to give center Justin Patton a chance to resurrect his career. According to multiple reports, Pistons and Patton agreed to a one-year deal on Friday.

Patton started the 2019/20 season with Oklahoma City Thunder and appeared in five games before being traded to Dallas Mavericks in January.  Mavs waived him shortly after, prompting the 23-year-old center to head to G League and join Milwaukee Bucks’ affiliate Wisconsin Herd.

While he only averaged 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per game with Thunder, Patton managed to show some of his talents with Herd. In seven games in G League, he averaged 12.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while also contributing with impressive 3.4 blocks per game. 

Justin Patton was selected 16th in 2017 NBA Draft by Chicago Bulls but was traded to Minnesota Timberwolves on the draft night. A serious leg injury cost him almost his entire rookie season with Timberwolves, who didn’t have patience and shipped him to Philadelphia 76ers next season. Patton only lasted three games in Philly before being released.

Pistons should now provide a better environment for Patton, considering that the team is currently in the rebuilding phase. It remains to be seen whether he can capitalize on that.