The Sacramento Kings are in desperate need of a starting point guard to bring them to the next level. Beno Udrih has been great in small doses this past season averaging 12.9 pts and 4.7 ast. He even posted 14.8 pts and 6 ast. in the 41 games in which he started. However, Beno is not the quarterback the Kings need to lead them into the playoffs. He also lacks the defensive prowess and athleticism to make him a reliable starter.
What the Kings need is a strong, consistent, point guard to run the offense and take some of the burden off Kings’ star, Tyreke Evans. Evans ran some point last season and was great but is obviously more comfortable playing on the wing, going off the dribble and slashing into the paint attacking the basket. Bringing in a strong point guard and moving Evans to the two spot would also allow him to catch the ball in a scoring position as well as spread some of the opposing teams defensive focus. In order to move Evans permanently to shooting guard the Kings must have a starting point guard who can attack, as well as create. Finding the right man for the job could be tricky because they finally have a solid, young, nucleus that needs to grow together. It is important to bring in a young, athletic, PG to gel with that nucleus and not disrupt it.
In order for the Kings to follow the blueprint that the Oklahoma Thunder have so cleverly composed they need a version of Russell Westbrook to run the point. The Kings have patiently gathered a strong young core with Tyreke Evans, Donte Greene, Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi, Carl Landry, and rookie DeMarcus Cousins. Now the blaring need is for someone who can draw defenders and distribute so that Tyreke can focus on becoming an elite scorer similar to Kevin Durant. Here is a list of the top 5 free agent point guards the Kings should pursue in 2011.