Travis Outlaw, y'all? Travis. Outlaw. Starkville, Mississippi's finest got the start as Kings coach Michael Malone plays with the starting lineup, and he delivered. Outlaw scored 18 points on 7-9 shooting that included four threes and added six rebounds as Sacramento beat the Lakers 104-86 in Las Vegas on Thursday.
DeMarcus Cousins was also quite good, delivering some jumpers and lots of rebounds as he finished with 16 and 12 in 26 minutes while shooting 8-13 from the floor. Isaiah Thomas added 10 points and nine big assists to two turnovers. The turnover problem was solved overnight! Magic! Outlaw, Jimmer Fredette and Patrick Patterson were the new starters on offense; Carl Landry stayed in Sacramento for treatment on his quad strain, Greivis Vasquez sat in advance of his planned Monday debut and Marcus Thornton and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute took the night off.
Jimmer scored seven points on 3-5 shooting in 21 minutes. He also had three assists, two steals and two turnovers playing two-guard. Patterson was just 2-9 from the field and had three bounds in 22 minutes.
The McRookies* were pretty nice off of the bench. Ben McLemore went 5-11 with a couple of threes to score 12. He also had two assists (!) and three turnovers. Ray McCallum went 4-9 for 10 points with four assists and one turnover.
The vets who played did vet things: Chuck Hayes rebounded and defended, Jason Thompson scored some, John Salmons bounced back to not go 0-for-the-field. The four fringe players all got a couple minutes of garbage time. All of them but Brandon Heath scored; Heath picked up two assists in 1:47, which makes him technically the greatest point guard in Sacramento Kings history.
Since Vasquez is back Monday, Isaiah could very well get the day off. McCallum is off to a really good start in preseason, so it'll be interesting to see if he can get any minutes in games in which both Vasquez and Thomas (who's been Isaiah, which is awesome) are playing. Isaiah has sure started off well enough that Vasquez is behind in the (perhaps overwrought) race for the starting spot.
As for Jimmer: I think he earned more looks. The critical thing there is that the Kings have a decision to make on his 2014-15 contract by the end of the month. So you'd think the front office wants as many chances to see him in a competitive environment as possible.
The Kings come home to host the Clippers on Monday. An intrasquad scrimmage will be held on the Capitol Mall for Rhythm N Rims on Sunday.
* Dap to the person who came up with this the other night. Sorry for forgetting who it was.