A lot has happened since draft night, when the Timberwolves traded Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn and the #7 pick for Jimmy Butler and the #16 pick, which Thibs & Layden LLP used to select Justin Patton, who hails from Creighton University.
Today, news dropped that Patton is not healthy. He needed to have surgery to repair his foot.
We aren’t breaking this story – it has been out for a minute – but here are a few takes:
- Justin Patton wasn’t going to be an integral part of this season’s Timberwolves. He was looking at bit minutes, as a role player, in a fully developmental mode, and it is unfortunate that this development is unlikely to happen.
- The Wolves’ success this year, or lack thereof, does not depend on Justin Patton. It actually might be better to face up to this now than later.
- We hope Justin Patton gets well soon, because we do need what he brings. He seems like not only an interesting prospect, but also one who has certain comparative advantages (wingspan, length, and the like – DRINK!) that teams desire. His not playing this summer is a blow to team development, but is unlikely to be a hit on the team’s W-L column.
That’s the quick reaction to Justin Patton’s injury. If he wasn’t already overshadowed enough by the Jimmy Butler acquisition, now he is. No need to fret about it. Enjoy your 4th of July and light up a firecracker for the player we hope Justin P will be upon his return.