Patterson was a key part of Toronto’s playoff push, arriving from Sacramento in a December trade that turned around the Raptors’ season. He made 41 percent of his three-pointers in Toronto, providing some much-needed floor spacing at the power forward position. In 48 games with the team, he averaged nine points and five rebounds in 23 minutes per game.
While not much of a rebounder or rim protector, Patterson is a solid, smart two-way player and a luxury to have as a backup behind Amir Johnson. Considering how well he shot the ball, it’s a mild surprise he didn’t get a more lucrative or longer contract. It might have helped that he wanted to come back and build on last year.