|No. 24 – Minnesota Timberwolves|
June 14, 1997 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||236 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Omaha North (Omaha, Nebraska)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Justin Nicholas Patton (born June 14, 1997) is an American basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Creighton Bluejays.
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 his age, and he 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 also believed that Patton still 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.
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 would not make his NBA debut until April 1st, 2018 against the Utah Jazz. The Timberwolves were down 27 points with 3:44 left in fourth quarter when Patton entered the game. He scored two points on two shots and had a single steal. Patton would remain with the team for the rest of their season. On April 18th 2018, Justin 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 with them. During this time he averaged 12.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.2 minutes a game. 
At 7'0, 230 pounds, with a 7'2 ½ wingspan, Justin Patton was initially drafted to Creighton as a defensive center, where he came to play a more offensive role.
He is a strong rim-runner, and also proficient at creating offensive opportunities for others. His passing ability has been compared to Vlade Divac. Additionally, he has been praised for his ability to make difficult catches while on the move. He is able to effectively play above the rim, but at Creighton, he attempted a low number of free throws, and has since worked to improve his free throw percentage. A strong finisher, Patton has sometimes put the ball on the ground and taken guys off the dribble. Increasing physicality would help improve his finishing ability. He has sometimes struggled with positioning for rebounds.
On the perimeter, his quickness allows him to switch off screens, giving his team wider ball screen coverages. He is sometimes late to challenge shots at the basket, and sometimes needlessly swipes at the ball, which leads to foul trouble.
Justin 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.
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