An update of sorts from Monday's post on a number of Kings players getting together to work out and scrimmage in Sacramento this week and possibly beyond: Jason Jones reports that the number is 10. The only roster player who aren't in town are John Salmons (this is my surprised face), Chuck Hayes, Francisco Garcia and James Johnson. That means that all five of last season's most frequent starters (Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins), the top two bench guards (Jimmer Fredette and Aaron Brooks), the prized rookie (Thomas Robinson), a young small forward (Tyler Honeycutt) and a Travis Outlaw (Travis Outlaw) are all together two months before training camp begins to work out and scrimmage.
That's impressive as hell. I'd also argue that it's important for Robinson and Jimmer to get some reps with legit NBA players now, too, after playing with the fringe in Vegas. Robinson needs to understand how seasoned NBA players like J.T. and Boogie would defend him. Jimmer needs to watch some of his assist-worthy passes end up in the bottom of the net. (Wait this is still the Kings never mind forget I said anything sorry Jimmer.)
Keith Smart will be graded on results during the actual season. But this is sort of thing that I think manifests in how Boogie responded to Smart, and in why the franchise committed to him. (His price range surely didn't hurt, of course.) Getting these guys together, building an espirit de corps -- that's not nothing.