Timberwolves rookie center Justin Patton played his first pro game tonight, debuting with a 15-point, 7-rebound, 4-blocked shot performance that started slowly and just kept getting better for the G League’s Iowa Wolves.
The 16th player selected in last June’s draft, he didn’t play until Friday because of a broken bone in his foot sustained when he slipped on a court wet spot in late June and had surgery a few days later.
He played 16 minutes off the bench in a 104-98 victory over Utah’s Salt Lake City team and went 5-for-9 from the field, 5-for-5 from the foul line and was a minus-15.
His debut brought out Timberwolves/Iowa Wolves owner Glen Taylor and Timberwolves/Lynx CEO Ethan Casson. Patton said he had about 20 friends and family members who made the trip to Des Moines from his hometown of Omaha about a two-hour drive away.
Here’s some quotes gathered by the Strib’s very own Joe Christensen, who’s down in Des Moines working on a story. The photo here on the blog is by one of our best, Carlos Gonzalez.
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