The Hawks acquired the 48th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft from the Milwaukee Bucks, and with that pick they selected guard Lamar Patterson from the University of Pittsburgh. Patterson at 6'5" provides the Hawks with added shooting depth on the wing.
Patterson shot 38.8 percent on 5.7 attempts per game from three-point range last season at Pittsburgh, and averaged 17.1 points with 4.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. He, like Payne, is a good system fit for the Hawks because of his ability to space the floor. With a 6'11" wingspan, Patterson has plenty of length at the two-guard spot.
Danny Ferry liked Patterson’s ability to space the floor and said he would fit in well with the Hawks because of his shooting and his willingness and ability to pass the ball. Ferry noted Patterson having a high basketball IQ and that he knew how to play basketball, something he also said was a factor in taking Payne.
Milwaukee acquired Atlanta's 2015 second round pick in the trade.
Story by Robby Kalland