30Q asks the important questions about the Kings all through September.
I've always been a Sergio Rodriguez fan. Back in June 2006, when Sergio entered the draft, I included his name in a headline. In all caps. With an exclamation mark. Considering the Kings later passed on Sergio for, ahem, Quincy Douby, and because Rodriguez has yet to leave his mark in the league, I'm not particularly proud of that early love.
That sentiment can change, of course, should Sergio blossom this season in Sacramento.
The most interesting (and explosive, probably) thing I can say about Sergio Rodriguez is that he is basically an older, less notorious Ricky Rubio. Rodriguez is a killer passer, an iffy shooter, a weak defender and a complete dazzler.
Pro-rated to 36 minutes, Rodriguez has averaged more than eight assists over his career. Over the past three seasons, only eight NBA players have had a greater devotion to the pass. He's had five 10+ assist games. (For reference, he's only had five 30-minute games. Last April, he tallied 12 assists in 18 minutes of play.)
But is he erratic? Nate McMillan seemed to think so. The numbers agree. Rodriguez's turnover rate is fairly ridiculous. Sergio has the fifth worst turnover rate over the past three seasons ... and only one of the four worse turnover machines (Anthony Carter) is a point guard, the others are centers. The Kings have had trouble coughing up the ball, Tyreke Evans is expected to have some trouble coughing up the ball ... and Sergio Rodriguez has a whole lot of trouble coughing up the ball. It's a concern, and at some point we will probably wonder to ourselves whether the sparkly passes are worth the Hail Marys that end up in the third row.
That seems to be the story with Sergio. What he does well, he does great. What he doesn't do well, he does terribly. The good thing about this is that you're asking for a fix, not a conjuring spell. This isn't asking Jon Brockman to develop a three-point stroke, or asking Sean May to run the fast break. This is just wishing for a certain part of Sergio's game (the bad shots, the errant home run attempts) to go away. Maybe it's still unlikely. But it seems more manageable, and I'm all about practicality with my basketball wishes.