Patton chosen 16th in the NBA Draft
In the same fashion as former Creighton star Doug McDermott, Justin Patton was picked by one team and then shipped to another on the night of the NBA Draft. He was originally picked by the Bulls, but was placed on the fast track to Minnesota.
"To Minnesota, I'll bring a good versatile big man who can maybe play the four or the five who's great at passing the ball and has a high IQ and a great person at that and a good teammate, so that's where I want to start off," said Patton.
The redshirt freshman Bluejay was a piece of the biggest off season trade to date. Patton's draft rights were sent to Minnesota along with Jimmy Butler, while the Chicago Bulls received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the draft rights to Lauri Markannen.
"I'm excited to be in Minnesota. It's a great city, it's close to Omaha, I've been there a lot of times. Starting off with the team, it's a great team, and with them acquiring Jimmy Butler, it's more great things happening," says Patton.
As for Patton, he joins a Timberwolves roster with Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns the headliners of the front court coupled with some veterans like Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich.