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Isaiah Thomas (PG): In a small and quick lineup, nobody is as small and quick as the 5'9" Isaiah Thomas. He can blow by defenders and also has a great shooting touch. Thomas is also the team's best facilitator, which makes him a no-brainer in this type of lineup.
Aaron Brooks (SG): The newly-added Brooks will compete with Thomas for the starting point guard position, but in a smaller lineup the two could play together. Both are fast, good scorers and three-point threats.
Brooks is taller and not as good of facilitator as Thomas, so he could slide into the shooting guard role. Together, Brooks and Thomas could be quite a speedy handful for opposing defenders.
Marcus Thornton (SF): Thornton would be out of position here, but for the purpose of utilizing a smaller lineup, Thornton's speed and scoring touch mean he almost certainly has to be included. He's 6'4", he can shoot, he can get to the basket and he was the Kings' leading scorer last season. Need I say more?
James Johnson or Tyreke Evans (PF): Obviously, Evans is not a power forward, but for the sake of going small and frustrating opposing defenses with speed, Evans also has to be included. He's one of the Kings' leading scorers, one of the best in the league at finding creative ways to get to the basket and a solid defender.
Don't expect to see this lineup a lot, but against smaller lineups, the Kings could use this combination of players to run a fast, high-octane offense that can dish, slash and shoot.
DeMarcus Cousins (C): In a smaller lineup, this position could be a revolving door for a couple of Kings players. Cousins is the biggest and best option, and has worked on his conditioning over the offseason (video) to get up and down the court better.
If he's in foul trouble, Jason Thompson can substitute. If rookie Thomas Robinson plays well, he could use his rebounding touch and muscular physique to play center in a smaller lineup.
And if for some reason none of those options are viable, the shorter-but-bigger-bodied Chuck Hayes has the mass and defensive prowess to play the role.
Ultimately, the Kings have plenty of center options in a smaller lineup. Cousins is just always the best of them.