Just eight for our typically big-man starved Kings. The last one came in 2003-04 by the hands of Brad Miller, who went 14/10 in that incredible season. (You know, the one which went to pot around the time Webber returned from his microfracture rehabilitation, the one during which Rick Adelman let Rome burn.)
The Kings, of course, are restocked up front. The team traded a near-All-Star guard for a high-scoring power forward, then traded a perimeter-oriented center for a rim-based one and drafted a paint beast and a project shotblocker. Re. Stocked.
But are there any double-double players for the 2010-11 season in here?
We'll use a rough estimate of the players' per-minute rebounding and scoring to see how many minutes they'd need to eclipse 10 per game in each category. And we're foregoing the exercise for the 10 points/10 assists players -- suffice it to say both Beno Udrih and Tyreke Evans would require many, many minutes to reach 10 assists a game. Like, 70.
Points per minute: 0.478
Minutes needed to reach 10 points per game: 21
Rebounds per minute: 0.172
Minutes needed to reach 10 rebounds per game: 58
Likelihood of averaging double-double: HIGHLY UNLIKELY
Points per minute: 0.643 (at NCAA level)
Minutes needed to reach 10 points per game: 16
Rebounds per minute: 0.418
Minutes needed to reach 10 rebounds per game: 24
Likelihood of averaging double-double: RATHER LIKELY (assuming his stats translate with the competition damper being counteracted by natural improvement and better fitness)
Points per minute: 0.314
Minutes needed to reach 10 points per game: 32
Rebounds per minute: 0.369
Minutes needed to reach 10 rebounds per game: 27
Likelihood of averaging double-double: COMPLETELY PLAUSIBLE BUT PERHAPS NOT LIKELY
Points per minute: 0.398
Minutes needed to reach 10 points per game: 25
Rebounds per minute: 0.270
Minutes needed to reach 10 rebounds per game: 37
Likelihood of averaging double-double: SADLY UNLIKELY
Points per minute: 0.502
Minutes needed to reach 10 points per game: 20
Rebounds per minute: .341
Minutes needed to reach 10 rebounds per game: 30
Likelihood of averaging double-double: UNLIKELY
There you have it: the only King likely to average a double-double is rookie DeMarcus Cousins, assuming a) his college stats are somewhat translatable (as Tyreke Evans' were) and assuming he gets at least 24 minutes a game. Samuel Dalembert can also average a double-double, providing he either averages 32 minutes a game or begins to score more frequently. Jason Thompson has to play a ton more than anyone expects to reach 10 rebounds a game. There's no way Hassan Whiteside averages enough minutes to reach even eight points and six rebounds a game, barring a bubonic plague outbreak. Carl Landry would need to clone himself twice to get the rebounds necessary to average a double-double in the NBA.