Were you alarmed that Keith Smart opened the preseason with the same starting lineup that finished the Kings' season last year, with Tyreke Evans at small forward? Well, do not be alarmed, because the coach says he's just figuring things out. From Jason Jones:
"I've got about 14 (starting lineups) right now," Smart said. "It's like Sudoku when I look down at that board. But I want to see certain guys play tonight. Like I told the players at shootaround, don't buy into what lineup you see out there. I'm going to put guys on the floor; next game I might start someone else."
The reviews on everyone but Jason Thompson (foul trouble) were pretty strong from Wednesday's opener. It'll be interesting James Johnson, who drew rave reviews from readers who attended the game or found a stream, gets a starting nod on Monday, when the Kings next play. It's also worth keeping a close eye on the Thompson-Thomas Robinson dynamic.
But whatever the case: none of these lineups are permanent right now.