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From 1 to 35,535: A Transparent Ode

Andrae Patterson was the Timberwolves' second round draft pick in 1998 (#46) and stuck around for two seasons and 40 games, though a knee injury in his final season limited him to just five games. He was a product of Bobby Knight's Indiana regime after being named Texas's Player of the Year as a high school senior in Abilene (the prettiest town that I've ever seen).

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AP's career highs in his two seasons with MN: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 24 minutes. In other words, about a typical half for Kevin Garnett. Interestingly, Patterson's career WS is .114.

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He played six years in Spain and three in Greece, where he taught Ricky and Pek everything they know. I'm guessing.

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He has a wife and two daughters and returned to school to complete his Criminal Justice degree.

I emailed Patterson, now an assistant coach at UT-Arlington, last week to see if he would answer a few questions about his time in Minnesota, but got no response. That's fine, he is retired from the NBA and has no obligation - if he ever did - to fans. If he ever answers, I will post that separately, but figured it was time to move on.

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Interesting fact I discovered while researching Andrae Patterson - there are a few current NBA players on LinkedIn, including Channing Frye. Maybe we should play "Six Degree of Kevin Love."

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