OK. I don't think anybody really saw this one coming. Well i didn't anyway.... Let's all consider the situation before we make any judgments. The Kings needed a true starting caliber small forward and now they have one, albeit an inefficient, high volume shooting one.
As far as what we gave up, I can say the only real shocker in my eyes was Greivis Vasquez. Although he had been outplayed by I.T. , he still was the only pass first guard on the team. 10 pts and 5 asts is nothing to sneeze at. Well it's nothing the Kings can afford to sneeze at anyway.
Now it will be up to Isaiah to take on more of a playmaking role. Hopefully he can continue dishing like he has the last two games. But let's get back to Rudy Gay and how he and his massive salary will fit in with these Kings.
Rudy should be the new starting small forward and should push Derrick Williams to his natural power position. He is averaging 19 pts at a very Thornton-ish 39% shooting. However, his 7.4 rebounds at the small forward spot should help in that category when added to Williams and Cousins.
The depth chart should look like:
PG: Isaiah, Jimmer! Ray Mac
SG: Mclemore, Thornton,
SF: Gay, Outlaw, Acy
PF: D-Will, Thompson
C: Big Cuz, Aaron Gray, Ndiaye
If the goal was to upgrade talent, which is what I read the emphasis was, then no one can really dispute that accomplishment.
Offensively, sharing may be an issue. In Cousins, Thomas, and Gay ( and Mclemore to a lesser extent) you have 3 or 4 high volume shooters in the staring line-up. Initially, I am skeptical there will be enough shots to keep everyone (by everyone I mean Cousins) happy, especially since Demarcus has been so dominant thus far in the season. If nothing else, we rid ourselves of Salmons' ineffectiveness, Patterson's inconsistency, and Hayes' shortness.
Well, Sacramento just got that much more athletic. Look out Lob City, this is now the Dunk Capital (what do you guys think?) Even if this doesn't translate to wins, at least this team should be exciting.
Somewhere Travis Outlaw is wondering what he did wrong...