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It's time to bring back the LWVC Award!!!
The thing that IT does well is that he does get us into our sets faster than any of our other gaurds. At times he looks for his shot too much though. I don't really know what Smart should do once both Tyreke and Thornton are back. Is Tyreke your starting 2? I just have always liked Garcia as the solid defender, spot up 3 pt shooter, has always needed to be more consistent. Salmons has been playing too well lately, and is a good playmaker when the ball is swung to him. I don't see Smart benching both Brooks and IT and starting Tyreke at the 1. That leaves us in a bind because Garcia is only useful when Cousins and presumably Tyreke will be drawing so much attention that he will be the defacto spot up shooter in the corners. I can see IT being the odd man out, but he does seem to be the emotional leader (or at least one of them) of this team. I would like to see
but again there could be alot of issues team chemistry wise going with that lineup. Tough call for Smart in the coming week(s). A trade would make things easier.
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For some reason I just really like Thomas out there in particular with Cuz, I think he plays far better with Cousins than any of the other PG's/combo guards. The guys positive energy is only good for the team maybe when Reek comes back he can be more of a spot up shooter and still when he gets the chance push the pace and hopefully run in the full court with Evans.
T-rob seemed to get into coach smart at one point, there was an exchange at least.
I think it's going to take him longer than we'd hope to realise he can't do the things he did in college anymore, he thinks he's Lebron out there.
With respect to Tyreke, I just want him in shape as soon as possible. He's been out of action for quite a while now and he's not exactly a cardio superman, so hopefully he can get back to where he was cardio-wise in two to three weeks. I don't want him as a point guard. He's not good at it. He should stick to the 2.
I want IT at the point. He can play with any other guard the Kings have, including Tyreke. I don't buy in the least that he can't play with Tyreke. If he can play with Jimmer (and he can), he can play with Tyreke. The ball has been moving very well the last three or four games. Let's keep it that way.
MT has never made a lot of sense for this team IMHO. A great scorer to be sure, but the only time that I think he make us significantly better is when Reke is injured (which turns out to be quite a lot). We traded Kmart because he and Reke were oil and water. I don't think Reke and MT are any better of a mixture.
Reke himself will need to figure out how to fit in with the current chemistry. This has been the best week of the season for us and it is directly tied to better ball movement and better ball care. The assist to TO ratio has been wonderful of late.
If MT could be packaged with another player (even one of our best players) to land us a very high quality SF, I would be very excited.
Your point still stands, though. A quality SF would be nice, but I think trimming the roster of midgets and adding serviceable (bigger) bodies would do more for this team in the long run, especially if we could do a 2 for 1 or a 3 for 2 sort of deal...something like (IT/MT/Outlaw) but who would be willing to take it?
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I appreciate a good math pun - as long as it isn't too graphic.
note: don't read this as any kind of indictment of tyreke evans. we all know where i stand regarding his place on this team.
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I'm cautiously optimistic as well. There seems to have been a huge turn in the assist making on this team. You don't always see the execution, but the good intent seems to be there.
edit: i recognize that you were not claiming the kings had a shot at the playoffs. however, things do remain far from rosy. this team finished second-to-last in the western conference last season. they are third-to-last so far this season. i don't care about "everything that has happened this year." if the kings were to maintain last season's percentage, or were to slide backward, it would represent a total failure. as it stands, an improvement of a few games also represents a failure in my eyes. this team has been playing better of late, and if they can continue to play better, perhaps a sliver of hope will get them inching up the standings. but i don't personally find it "crazy" that the kings are currently "only" 4.5 games out of the 8th seed. it's right where they should be, given the way they've been GM'ed and coached, and given the way they've played. but their talent level begs for a better record. if they were 2.5 games out of the 8th seed, then we could talk about "crazy" outcomes...
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SACRAMENTO KINGS -- est. 1985, reborn 2013
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