Khadeem Lattin Carried Over Strengths from Collegiate Career to Pros

By Jacob Withee | April 16, 2019

Khadeem Lattin had a legendary career at the University of Oklahoma. He recorded a school record 235 swats and became just the third Big 12 player ever to total 700 points, 600 rebounds, 200 blocks and 100 steals in a career. With rebounding and shot blocking as his key strengths, he transitioned nicely to the pros.

Lattin averaged 5.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 14.2 minutes per game in 39 contests between the Northern Arizona Suns and Raptors 905 in his rookie season. That translates to 14.3 rebounds per 40 minutes and 2.6 blocks per 40 minutes, the 37th and 28th best marks in the league, respectively. In particular, Lattin is the master at getting offensive rebounds, pulling down 2.2 per game, the 29th most in the league, good for 6.1 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes, the 19th best mark in the league.

The 23-year-old made the 905 roster at the beginning of 2018-19 as a local tryout player, and he quickly impressed on the boards. Between his fifth and eighth games, Lattin secured 10+ rebounds in every contest, seeing a 7.9 RPG mark after eight games. In that eighth game, Lattin recorded eight points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and four steals. It was one of three five-block, four-steal nights by any player in the league all season.

The Suns traded for him in mid-January, where he provided solid minutes off the bench. He finished the year with his most rebounds as a Sun, grabbing 10 boards against the South Bay Lakers on March 23.

For the Suns, Lattin averaged 2.9 points on 64.3 percent shooting and 3.3 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game. He appeared in 15 contests with Northern Arizona, recording the best total plus-minus mark on the team at +27.