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How Can the Kings Do Better at Developing Young Players?



I'm not sure what Ziller is watching but Omri and Donte have been huge disappointments for me this summer.  Second year (let alone third year) guys are suppose to be dominating.  Watching Sonny Weems and Demar DeRozan, I see more confident and refined players that are adapting to the NBA game.  DeRozan especially was so raw coming out of USC after one year and now he is in control and knows his own game on both ends of the floor. 

Watching Donte and Omri, you see the same athleticism and talent that is so enticing, but it is impossible to ignore the ill-advised shots, the ill-advised passes leading to turnovers, the lack of consistent handle, below average rebounding, matador defense, and inconsistent shooting.  I'm not sure I can point to one thing that either does consistently well.  I think both do best trying to drive to the basket but they are too often out of control and throw up ridiculous looks that are praying for a foul.  Let's face it, Donte's best summer league was still his first when he dropped 40 as a Rocket.  Their bodies don't look any stronger.  Donte seems more confident on team defense but seems often to be throwing up his hands because Omri has missed an assignment.

Focusing on Greene and Casspi this year, I can't help to remember the "Shock" and "Hawes" of the previous two years although Spencer famously refused to play last summer.  Just like the small forward prospects, the center and power forward prospects never seemed to be growing in a focused direction.  While obviously challenged by the revolving coaching changes, Spencer never even gain court confidence in the things that he did well - passing out of the high post and shooting and never got better at the rebounding and defense that would have made him more serviceable.  JT still brings his willingness to bang and man up on defense but he still seems to play with a 10 foul to give mentality, whines excessively, and his outside shot has actually deteriorated over time.  He doesn't look like he's bulked up in way that prevents him from still being backed down by bigger forwards. 

As I watch Whiteside, the potential is difficult to ignore but if the Kings weren't willing to allow Donte to play more than a week in Reno.  How is he going to develop?  I like Mario Elie and Shareef seems like he would be a good coach and Coachie is Coachie.  But what is going on with player development?  Adelman was notorious for not playing young players and talents like Gerald Wallace, Eddie House, and Matt Barnes became players elsewhere.  But the pattern continues.  Wes Matthews just signed for almost $6 M a year in Portland and the Kings, as talent deprived as they were last year, couldn't find a slot for a rookie that Jerry Sloan was willing to start in the playoffs. 

Tyreke  works out with his own posse and Demarcus seems like he must have been coached really well in high school.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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