One of the NBA’s more surprising teams has been the Sacramento Kings, who have a group of young talent all trying to put it together. De’Aaron Fox has taken a major step forward, and is leading this Kings team at point guard. Buddy Hield has also found a more consistent shot, and has been their starting shooting guard from the beginning of the season. On occasion we see Bogdan Bogdanovic jump into the starting lineup, but it has more to do with Iman Shumpert resting or not. Shumpert has shown his worth, earning the starting role at small forward. Despite being drafted second overall, Marvin Bagley has been coming off the bench behind Nemanja Bjelica. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t see minutes, as they split time. Willie Cauley-Stein continues to start for the Kings, as they don’t have many options behind him to go with.
Preseason Analysis: Fast, Young and Loaded with Guards
Where do we even begin with the Kings? Do the Kings even know where to begin? Sacramento has been in the lottery for the last decade, yet the rebuild continues. That was the case again this year, and Marvin Bagley out of Duke was the unlucky prospect to head to the black hole of the NBA. This puts a damper on Skal Labissiere, who is a talented young forward. He will likely be competing for minutes with Bagley, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Zach Randolph. The thing with Randolph is he will be a guy to play limited minutes anyway due to his age. He also will sit out on back-to-backs most times, which can open up minutes during those situations.
We would not say there is a dominant big man that will eclipse the elite fantasy production this season, but time will tell with Bagley. WCS has his role on this team, and is one of those mid-range centers that relies on defensive stats for any real fantasy upside. The Kings have been taking wild shots on wings and guards over the last few seasons, which has created a massive logjam for minutes. Last year we saw a lot of these guys tap out at 25-27 minutes per game which hurt their value. We also saw them ride the hot hand, and in the fantasy world that can be a nightmare with how these guys shoot. Justin Jackson is the name I want to watch, and he has the least competition if they ride him at the small forward position. At the guard positions, De’Aaron Fox, Frank Mason, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Buddy Hield are likely going to be all splitting time. This will be a wait and see approach for fantasy production, and it is best we don’t get our hopes up for one to really emerge as a 32+ minute starter this season. Sacramento also just signed Yogi Ferrell, which adds another body into this crowded mix.