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Unlike in the past couple of seasons, the Kings actually have a formidable starting lineup. It's a lineup that's got some quality players and one that, at least in terms of talent, should match up well with opponents. Here's how the starting lineup is currently projected:
Point guard: Aaron Brooks
Shooting Guard: Marcus Thornton
Small Forward: Tyreke Evans
Power Forward: Jason Thompson
Center: DeMarcus Cousins
In Cousins, the Kings have one of the top up-and-coming big men in the NBA. At power forward, Jason Thompson took some real steps forward last season, especially rebounding the basketball. While he may be a bit undersized for the 3, Tyreke Evans should have the quickness to pose problems for the opposition.
Marcus Thornton, like Evans, doesn't have the ideal size for his position, but he's got enough range and consistency in his shot to force defenders to play up on him but enough speed and ball-handling ability to blow by them when they crowd him too much.
Point guard could go either way between Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas. But Brooks has the edge in experience, and if he can duplicate what he did for the Rockets a couple seasons ago, his ceiling will be higher than Thomas'.