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Landry's porous defending could make him a liability in Sacramento.
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 23.2 minutes, 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 54 FG%, 81.7 FT%, 17.6 PER (w/Golden State Warriors)
Contract: Four years, $26 million
Carl Landry is hoping the second time’s the charm with the Sacramento Kings.
After spending parts of the 2009-10 season with the team, the 29-year-old was shipped off to the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans) midway through the following season. He just didn’t fit well with the Kings’ roster at the time.
Not much has changed since then.
With the addition of Landry, Sacramento now has something of a logjam in the frontcourt. The team already had DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes on the depth chart.
Divvying up playing time among all five players should pose difficulties for new head coach Mike Malone. Not to mention, the Kings just don’t have the right personnel for Landry to succeed.
With the Golden State Warriors last year, Landry thrived playing alongside efficient shooters and a shooting big man in David Lee. It allowed him to play close to the basket, where he can do the most damage. Now, unless he is primarily paired alongside Patterson, Landry will have to slide outside of his comfort zone and play further on the perimeter to make space for everyone else.
But if that’s not enough to lower expectations, take a look at his performance during last season’s playoffs.
With Landry on the court, the Warriors shot 49.1 percent from the field while allowing opponents to hit 50.9 percent of their opportunities. They also posted an offensive rating of 104.5 and a defensive rating of 113.5.
On the other hand, with Landry off the court, Golden State shot 53 percent from the floor while limiting the opposition to just 46.4 percent shooting. The team also posted an offensive rating of 107.4 and a defensive rating of just 100.6.
For a team that already had issues, bringing in an overpriced problem wasn’t the best move to make.