Most of us have been unable to watch much Kings preseason basketball on account of the whole "not being televised" thing. But we've seen highlights, read about it and listened to the dulcet tones of Gary Gerould. And now, we look at the numbers.
Keep in mind these are preseason stats against preseason competition with preseason rotations happening. We'll blast through via position, sort of.
Isaiah Thomas hasn't shot great this preseason: he's at a True Shooting percentage of 49 percent. (That's mediocre.) But he's scored at volume -- 18 points per 36 minutes -- and done a great job racking up assists, with 8.5 per 36 minutes.
In limited action, Greivis Vasquez has averaged 12.5 points and 7 assists per 36 minutes on 45 percent True Shooting. Ray McCallum is at 11.4 points and 7.8 assists per 36 minutes while shooting a 42 percent True Shooting.
So clearly, Isaiah has been the team's best point guard this preseason in terms of total offensive impact. But all three have moved the ball really well. That's encouraging to see.
Things get more smiley 'round here. Ben McLemore's gaudy preseason numbers: 19 points per 36 on 59 percent True Shooting (plus more than 5 rebounds per 36). Jimmer Fredette: 21 points per 36 on 74 percent True Shooting (plus more than 5 assists per 36). These dudes are making their cases.
Marcus Thornton is averaging 15 points per 36 on 55 percent True Shooting, which is totally respectable. Hurrah, shooting guards!
Actually, Travis Outlaw has been a welcome surprise. He's averaging 14 points and almost 7 rebounds per 36, with a 64 percent True Shooting. Nice work, Trav! Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has hardly played, so we'll leave him out of this. John Salmons, oh John Salmons: 10 and 5.7 per 36 on 42 percent True Shooting. Lord.
Jason Thompson has been great on the boards. He's otherwise been awful on offense (9 points per 36, 37 percent True Shooting). But we know he's better than that -- we've seen it. Patrick Patterson 13.5 points and 6 rebounds per 36 on 53 percent True Shooting. Not enough rebounds, not enough points for that True Shooting or vice versa. Chuck Hayes has taken nine field goal attempts in 77 minutes. But he's rebounding really well, at 13 per 36 minutes (!).
He's been a beast in four games. Well, he was a beast in three of the four games. Overall: high beast rate. Numbers per 36 minutes: 29 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals on 60 percent True Shooting. Beast.
In conclusion, my projected opening day starting lineup is DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore, Jimmer Fredette, Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins.
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