Through tour 30Q series one of the biggest questions has been how the rotation will work and how the Sacramento Kings will manage minutes. One of the primary questions was how Dave Joerger would balance minutes for Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield, arguably the Kings two best players last season. But with Friday’s new that Bogi will undergo a procedure for a minor knee injury, we’re faced with a new set of questions.
We don’t know how long Bogdan will be out recovering, but the Kings open their season in less than a month. Bogi probably isn’t playing in the preseason, and could potentially miss some regular season games as well. We’re going to hope Bogi is full strength for the start of the season, but if he’s not it could mean a few different things for the Kings.
Buddy Hield is a starter
Arguably Hield should be starting anyway alongside Bogi, but if Bogdanovic is out that makes Buddy Hield a lock to be the starting shooting guard. While nobody will be upset to see him in the starting lineup, it does impact the second unit’s scoring punch.
Nemanja Bjelica could have a bigger role
When the Kings signed Bjelica this summer it was assumed he’d serve primarily as a stretch four who could sometimes play small forward. Bjelica played regular minutes at small forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season when Jimmy Butler was hurt, and he played well in that role. Given Dave Joerger’s preference for veterans, I wouldn’t be shocked if Bjelica became a starter for however long Bogi is out.
Justin Jackson may get a second chance
Justin Jackson probably wasn’t out of the rotation before, but he likely has a few more minutes in the lineup plan now. In Summer League JJ showed that he can be effective as a primary option. Perhaps he’ll be able to lead the units without Buddy.
The Kings could go extra small
Yogi Ferrell played off-ball with Dennis Smith Jr in Dallas last season. The Kings could use him in a similar way next to De’Aaron Fox.
Of course, there’s only one real answer to how the Kings handle this...
STARTING AT SMALL FORWARD, STANDING 6’11”, OUT OF DUKE UNIVERSITY...MARVIN BAGLEY III.