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Patrick Patterson on Potential Starting Role: "I See It As It's Mine To Lose"

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He should be the favorite to replace Amir Johnson in the starting lineup.

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Patrick Patterson spoke to Morgan Campbell of The Toronto Star last Friday, in a piece that you can read here. When asked about the starting power forward position, which is open with the departure of Amir Johnson this offseason, Patterson -- who is likely the favorite for the role after coming off the bench in his year and a half with the Raptors -- made it very clear what he thought of the challenge:

“Realistically, that’s the one role that’s not filled yet,” said Patterson, who averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last season. “I see it as it’s mine to lose . . . But it’s all about what coach (Dwane) Casey wants, what (general manager) Masai (Ujiri) sees, and who works hard and who earns it.”

He's not wrong, and depending on how committed the Raptors are to playing small ball, something Dwane Casey has talked about repeatedly this offseason, we may see Patterson log some time at the center position as well.