Sacramento Kings Midseason Awards
Most boneheaded move by a player: Bobby Jackson and Brad Miller (tie).
For getting technical fouls for arguing over calls in the fourth quarter against Golden State in a game the Kings desperately needed.
These guys are supposed to be two of the veterans on this team and are supposed to be showing all the young guys how to be professionals. Getting T’d up in crucial situations is simply inexcusable.
Most boneheaded move by a coach: Reggie Theus.
Theus entrusted the game tying shot attempt in two straight games to guard Quincy Douby!
With the game on the line, there were about nine better options for the play.
Theus calls on a guy who will likely be playing in Europe, if he’s lucky, or on Mars next year. Douby missed both shots and the Kings lost both games.
Theus was fired about three weeks later, and no wonder.
Most exciting moment so far: Kevin Martin in double overtime versus the Golden State Warriors.
Down three points with six seconds left, the Kings got a rebound and threw an outlet pass up the court to Martin. Martin then took two quick dribbles and pulled up from 23 feet. The shot drew nothing but net and the game was tied.
The game went to triple-overtime and the Kings would eventually win.
Most disappointing game so far: Kings hosting the Orlando Magic.
Sometimes going into the record books is a good thing, but not when it’s for giving up the most three-pointers in history. The Magic made 23 of them on the Kings own home court in a humiliating 37 point defeat.
Biggest overachiever: Jason Thompson.
Thompson was considered a reach when he was drafted by the Kings in the lottery of this year’s draft. He has proven the doubters wrong.
He has started many games, played three positions effectively, and is a true stat sheet stuffer.
Biggest Underachiever: Guard Beno Udrich.
When the Kings re-signed him this past offseason he was expected to bring stability at the point guard position to a young team.
He has played great in flashes, but his inconsistency has hurt the team far more than his other efforts have helped.
His assist to turnover ratio is terrible and he has recently lost many of his fourth quarter minutes to Francisco Garcia, who is much more consistent and a far better defender.
It remains to be seen if Udrich can turn his season around or if he will go down as a salary bust.
Most disappointing aspect of the Kings’ season so far: The injury to Martin.
Martin was expected to make a legitimate all-star push this year, but missed 22 games with an ankle injury.
He is only now beginning to hit his stride and play like the player he was expected to be.
Since his return defenses are focusing on him, which makes the game much easier for his teammates. It would have been great to have him in the lineup from day one.
Most hopeful aspect of the Kings’ season so far: The young guns.
Spencer Hawes, Jason Thompson, Garcia, Donte Green and guard Bobby Brown have all shown signs of NBA legitimacy at various points this season. They give the struggling Kings something to be excited about.
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