Minnesota Timberwolves First Round Pick, Justin Patton, Breaks Foot - Out Indefinitely

July 5, 2017

The 20 year-old rookie out of Creighton broke his left foot during a routine workout and will miss all of summer league play in Las Vegas, and possibly more. The Wolves' Las Vegas Summer League team begins play on Saturday, July 8th.

 

This is the same injury Ben Simmons of the Sixers had to deal with in his rookie campaign just last year. The fact that he did not play a single game during the season does not provide an optimistic outlook for Patton's recovery.

 

On Tuesday, the Timberwolves announced that Patton had his fifth metatarsal surgically repaired. When looking at the image to the right, the fifth metatarsal is the green bone on the outside of each foot. This injury is commonly known as a "Jones fracture".

 

The 6-foot-11 Patton was selected 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls, but the Timberwolves acquired that pick from Chicago in the draft night trade that also brought Jimmy Butler to the Northland. During his one season at Creighton, Patton averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 67.6% from the field. Check out some of his best plays from college here.

 

Interestingly enough, Patton also signed his contract on Tuesday.

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