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There figures to be a few different players manning the 3, depending on matchups and how guys are playing. Here are the main options:
James Johnson: 22-26 MPG
Johnson is a new addition to the Kings this season. He's not much of an offensive player, but the one thing he does provide—defense—is what this team is severely lacking.
While he's somewhat of a one-dimensional player because of his shortcomings on offense, you'll notice he's pegged for more minutes than Francisco Garcia, who is of the same mold. The reason for the discrepancy is that Johnson is a much better defender than Garcia and he can also defend multiple positions, meaning his opportunities for minutes will increase.
John Salmons: 16-20 MPG
Salmons really looked lost on the court in 2011-12. He wasn't nearly the same defender that Kings fans had come to know during his first stint with the team. He was also really struggling on offense. As a result, his role with the team diminished as the season wore on.
Salmons isn't at the point in his career where you'd expect him to completely drop off. At 32 years old, he's past his prime, but an uptick in his performance isn't out of the question. Because of that, it's difficult to know how many minutes he'll play.
If he plays like he did last season, then he won't have a large role. If he returns close to his pre-2011-12 levels, then he can help this team.
Travis Outlaw: 10-14 MPG
I'm less optimistic about Outlaw's future with the team than most of the other players that took a step backward last season. It's mainly because while Outlaw is younger than Salmons and Garcia, his performance has been regressing for a couple of years now.
At 28 years old, Outlaw should be young enough to sustain his play. But he's only made 36.9 percent of his shots the last two years and only 29.5 percent of his three-point attempts.
With his defense not being a strength, he needs to provide on offense to have a significant role with the team. Based on his regression the past two years, I'm not too optimistic that it will happen.
Tyler Honeycutt: Incomplete
Honeycutt only logged 88 minutes as a rookie last season. On would think that'd be a worst-case scenario for the 2012-13 season. The trouble is that while Honeycutt has a chance to grab more minutes this season, he's missed most of training camp and summer league due to stress fractures in both his right and left legs.
Because of that, it's hard to get a read on where Honeycutt's game is at and whether or not he's improved enough to carve out a more consistent role on the team.