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30Q: Will the Kings Have a Double-Double Player?

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We're asking 30 questions about the Kings' 2010-11 season.

Quick: how many double-double seasons have Kings had since the team moved to Sacramento in 1985?

Just eight, and five of those were accomplished by Chris Webber. The Clippers have had 10 in that span. Even the Warriors have had eight. The Lakers have had 14.

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.

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Carl Landry

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

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DeMarcus Cousins

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)

 

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Samuel Dalembert

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

 

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Jason Thompson

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

 

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Hassan Whiteside

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

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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.