That makes it three Kentucky players in the lottery of the 2010 NBA Draft. The Rockets landed Kentucky junior forward Patrick Patterson with the 14th pick. The bruising 6-foot-9 Patterson figures to make an immediate impact for the Rockets, coming in with a polished game, including range out to at least the college three-point line.
Patterson fills the void of an athletic-four the Rockets had after moving Carl Landry as part of the trade that brought them Kevin Martin this past season. If Yao Ming can come back from his foot problems, Houston could boast a formidable front line next year.