I hope many of you feel the same excitement that I do. For three years, beginning with Tyreke Evans, the Kings have been remaking the team, bringing in nearly all new faces. We have a sold front line...Cousins, Thompson, Hayes, and Robinson provide depth and versatility.
That #3 spot is still problematic. But John Salmons has come back playing hard and well, and holds his own. Perhaps we hit the lucky roll and Tyler Honeycutt develops as an answer. If not, we are still after the answer at that position.
The guard spot has developed a logjam. That's good news too, if we make solid decisions.
Tyreke Evans must be a point guard for many crucial reasons. Without Tyreke at point guard, only Cousins has a physical advantage over opponents. When Tyreke is at point guard, he presents extreme match up problems for the opposition, giving the Kings two positions causing other teams to double team and rotate. The rest of the Kings are at their best getting shots off defenses adjusting to Cousins and Evans,.
When Tyreke is not at the point, he no longer has the full court to work with. He is a much easier man to guard when moving without the ball. In addition, IT, Brooks, or Jimmer, do not cause other teams great match-up problems. The defense collapses to the key, taking away the quickness advantage of IT/Brooks, the penetration of Tyreke, space from Cousins, and dares the Kings to fire away from outside.
Defensively, Tyreke enables a coach to come up with many incredible adjustments and rotations not available to most NBA teams...we start a 6' 6" defensive monster like Tyreke at Point Guard. Starting Tyreke at point allows the Kings significant offensive and defensive advantages due to his size and strength.
If Tyreke is the point guard, that leaves IT/Brooks/Thornton/Jimmer as possibilities for a guard rotation. At least one, and possibly two of them, sittin' down or being traded. If Brooks rotates to the point when Tyreke sits(Brooks/Thornton), no need for IT/Jimmer.
Personally, I have never appreciated Coach Smart's attitude toward IT. Perhaps it's the ex point guard being hard on other point guards, but it seems from his gestures/remarks/rotations he does not appreciate IT. IT can shoot long and short range, has an incredible assists/turnovers ratio, and gives serious on ball pressure to other point guards. Why he isn't finding more time on the the court is beyond me.
That's my prejudice: play IT. Back him up with Brooks, and Jimmer at the right moments. Trade Thornton. I like his lion heart and ability to hit the big shot, but the other guards also score and don't eat up nearly so many shots.
We are better and competing while developing. Progress is evident.