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Let’s talk about Bruno Caboclo

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He’s still raw but the Kings should keep giving him minutes

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The Sacramento Kings received Bruno Caboclo as part of the trade-deadline deal that sent Malachi Richardson to the Toronto Raptors. Caboclo entered the league as an extremely raw player who was famously dubbed as being “two years away from being two years away”. Bruno made his Kings debut on Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, logging 19 minutes and scoring 4 points on 2-7 shooting.

Let’s preface what comes next by agreeing that watching 19 minutes of a player doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. Bruno looked very uncomfortable on the floor as he adapted to his new team. At one point he missed a wide open layup because he looked surprised to be open and hesitated until the defense recovered and altered the shot. But beyond basic discomfort Bruno also looked very lost. He didn’t know where to be on the floor, didn’t know to move into open space. If you had lofty dreams that the Kings may have found a hidden gem, those expectations were probably tempered by last night’s performance.

But let’s put this into further context. Those 19 minutes Bruno played last night equal 14% of his total NBA minutes up to this point. He’s played extensively in the G-League, but is at 132 career NBA minutes if we include the 19 last night. I’d like to see the Kings continue to give him extended minutes for the rest of the year. Let’s see if he can find a comfort zone on the floor.

After all, he’s only supposed to be a year away.