Quick intro. New to the board. But I have been reading and lurking since the beginning of last season. I am one of those college Jimmer fans that only started paying attention to the Kings because of Jimmer. However, I am not one of those people that thinks that Jimmer is an incredible talent and should be playing 35 minutes a game. My desire for Jimmer to play is purely selfish and nothing to do with the Kings being better.
I am actually a Mavs fan. But I do like basketball and having watched some Kings ball, have an opinion or two about the team. And I have appreciated the Bricklayer grades and writeups.
End of intro.
The thing that really bothers me about the Kings is that, in my opinion, the best players don't make anyone else better. The whole is not greater than the sum of the parts. Even worse, the whole is less than the sum of the parts.
REKE: If the NBA were one-on-one make-it-take-it, he might be top 5 in the NBA. He's a real talent going to the rim. Unfortunately, it is his only talent, and he doesn't see the floor well.
Cousins: This man makes me glad I don't have an emotional investment in the Kings. Or else I would have punched out my TV by now. I don't need to rehash his problems, you guys already know them. Does he make his teammates better? Is he a multiplier? Does his game lend to role players getting wide open looks? Is he a leader in the clubhouse? Is he mentally strong and of high character? Time will tell, but I would not be optimistic. He is NOT a player, for example, I would want on the Mavs.
Thornton: guy can fill it up. But another case of where his strength is his weakness. Can shoot, but doesn't make anyone else better. We've all played pickup ball with guys like this. Volume shooter, demands passes, black-hole. Ok when your team wins, but gets pretty tiresome when the team doesn't win.
If your three best players don't make anyone else better, how can you expect to be good? you guys talk about "poor fit" on this team, and I think this gets to what I'm talking about. Your most talented players are not multipliers. Don't be surprised to see some of the Kings role players go to other teams and do well, and then be thinking "how come they never did that in Sacramento." It will be because of the players they are surrounded by on the other teams.
The one guy whom I have previously thought actually did make others better was IT. But now it looks like he has taken a step backwards for unclear reasons.
After these many months, I had to get this off my chest. Sorry for the pedantic ranting.