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ESPN's Kevin Pelton projects Kings' lineup, anticipates poor numbers. (Insider Required)

Here's Pelton's projected starting lineup: Vasquez, McLemore, Salmons, Patterson and Cousins.

The lineup is contrary to the consensus here and seems contrary to good sense to me. The Kings just absorbed Mbah a Moute's salary to add defense at the three- why have him start behind Johnny, whose unsuccessfully manned the 3 two years running? Pelton also seems to believe Thornton's defense is mostly an attitude problem and suggests benching him. As a consequence, he believes McLemore starts despite relatively poor projected numbers.

Pelton projects poor numbers overall for the Kings. Vasquez's numbers go down, Patterson's remain middling despite starting. Cousins is the only scorer projected above 15 points per game and his ppg only improves by a point; Pelton doesn't project percentages, but that tells me he things DMC's remain low.

In other odd tidbits, Pelton states that Jason Thompson's numbers will shrink in the great power forward battle of 2013-14 and doesn't acknowledge his abilities as a center. Perhaps as a consequences, he infers Landry and Hayes will play next to each other off the bench.

Pelton is a Basketball Prospectus veteran and ESPN's replacement for numbers guru John Hollinger. Much like Hollinger, I think his non-numerical analysis can be a little questionable. This article re-enforces that feeling for me.

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