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October 15, 2013
Patrick Patterson sees progress rebounding

Patrick Patterson grabbed seven rebounds in Monday night's preseason win against the Los Angeles Clippers.

It's an area of focus for Patterson, who averaged a career-high 4.7 rebounds last season, but not nearly the rate he'd like as an NBA power forward.

"Last night was a good step in the right direction and that's what I want to do," Patterson said after. If I come off the bench I want to grab six or seven rebounds. If I start my goal is eight or nine. I think I'm making headway, making moves in the right direction."

Patterson came off the bench against the Clippers, but is still trying to push Jason Thompson for the starting job.

Patterson offers a different look for the Kings because he is a good jump shooter.

Patterson is a career 49.5 percent shooter from the field, including 37.2 percent from three-point range.

And with Carl Landry out after hip surgery, Patterson is a more important part of what the Kings do this season.

If Patterson can rebound better, that will increase his chances to contribute.

* The Kings waived guard Brandon Heath and forward DeQuan Jones. The Kings now have 16 players on their roster, one above the league maximum for the regular season.



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