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Lamar Patterson Drafted by Milwaukee Bucks, Traded to Atlanta Hawks

Lamar Patterson becomes the sixth Pitt Basketball player selected in the NBA Draft over the last 10 years.

Lamar Patterson becomes the sixth Pitt Basketball player selected in the NBA Draft over the last 10 years.

June 27, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y.--University of Pittsburgh senior forward Lamar Patterson (Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict's Prep, N.J.) was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the No. 48 pick in Thursday evening's 2014 NBA Draft. Seconds later, ESPN announced that Milwaukee traded Patterson to the Atlanta Hawks.

Patterson is the second Pitt player drafted in the last two seasons as Steven Adams was taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 12 overall pick last June. Patterson becomes the sixth Pitt player selected in the NBA Draft in the last 10 years: Chris Taft (2005), Aaron Gray (2007), Sam Young (2009), DeJuan Blair (2009), Steven Adams (2013) and Lamar Patterson (2014).

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Patterson helped guide Pitt to three NCAA Tournament appearances, a 122-49 combined record, five consecutive 20-win seasons and a 78-17 record at the Petersen Events Center. An all-around player, Patterson became just the third player in school history to surpass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career (the other two players were Carl Krauser, 2002-06 and Brad Wanamaker, 2007-11). He set a school-record for most career games played (148), started 106 games, scored 1,410 points, grabbed 588 rebounds, dished out 427 assists and hit 171 3-pointers over his five-year career.


 

 

As a senior in 2013-14, Patterson earned Oscar Robertson and Naismith National Player of the Year Watch List honors. An Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection, Patterson earned All-ACC Second Team accolades by both the coaches and media after leading the Panthers in both scoring (17.1 ppg.) and assists (154, 4.3 apg.) and grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game. He also registered two 30-point games, 12 20-point contests and reached double figure scoring in 33 of 36 games on the year. His 616 total points ranked as the ninth most points scored in a season by an individual. Patterson also became the first player in school history to earn three league player of the week honors in one season.

With the selection, Patterson becomes Pitt's fourth current NBA player along with Aaron Gray (Sacramento Kings), DeJuan Blair (Dallas Mavericks) and Steven Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder).

 

PITT'S ALL-TIME NBA/ABA DRAFT PICKS (29)

Year

Player

Round

Pick

Drafting Team

1954

Clarence "Dutch" Burch

5th

40

Fort Wayne Pistons

1957

Bob Lazor

9th

66

Detroit Pistons

1958

Julius Pegues

4th

31

St. Louis Hawks

1959

Don Hennon

6th

41

Cincinnati Royals

1964

Brian Generalovich

3rd

19

New York Knicks

1974

Billy Knight

1st

6

Indiana Pacers (ABA)

 

Billy Knight

2nd

21

Los Angeles Lakers

 

Mickey Martin

4th

69

Detroit Pistons

1975

Mel Bennett

1st

10

Virginia Squires (ABA)

 

Kirk Bruce

8th

76

Utah Stars (ABA)

1976

Keith Starr

4th

56

Chicago Bulls

1978

Larry Harris

4th

73

Buffalo Braves

1979

Terry Knight

6th

125

San Antonio Spurs

1980

Sammie Ellis

4th

73

Denver Nuggets

1981

Carlton Neverson

3rd

56

Golden State Warriors

 

Sam Clancy

3rd

62

Phoenix Suns

1983

Trent Johnson

8th

83

Boston Celtics

1984

Clyde Vaughan

6th

117

Indiana Pacers

1988

Charles Smith

1st

3

Philadelphia 76ers%

 

Jerome Lane

1st

23

Denver Nuggets

1992

Darren Morningstar

2nd

47

Boston Celtics

1994

Eric Mobley

1st

18

Milwaukee Bucks

1996

Mark Blount

2nd

55

Seattle Supersonics

1999

Vonteego Cummings

1st

26

Indiana Pacers*

2005

Chris Taft

2nd

42

Golden State Warriors

2007

Aaron Gray

2nd

49

Chicago Bulls

2009

Sam Young

2nd

36

Memphis Grizzlies

 

DeJuan Blair

2nd

37

San Antonio Spurs

2013

Steven Adams

1st

12

Oklahoma City Thunder

2014

Lamar Patterson

2nd

48

Milwaukee Bucks+

 

%traded on draft day to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team deal

*traded on draft day to Golden State Warriors

+traded on draft day to Atlanta Hawks

 

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