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The Sacramento Kings starting lineup will likely be determined by whether or not the team manages to acquire a legitimate center to replace Samuel Dalembert.
Little known fact: “Dalembert” is actually Haitian for “disappointment." Interesting stuff.
Although Dalembert will never be an impact player, he would have given the Kings some nice flexibility after Chuck Hayes’ problematic heart left the team short on frontcourt depth. The lineup that follows is based on players who are currently rostered with the team, although a Dalembert-like addition would certainly improve things in the city of Kings.
PG: Tyreke Evans
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: John Salmons
PF: JJ Hickson
C: Boogie Cousins
Full disclosure: Jason Thompson will probably start at PF over Hickson. But I’m sick and tired of watching Jason Thompson do nothing, so as long as I’m in charge of the Kings lineup, even in hypothetical form, J.T. is coming off the bench.
Evans, Salmons and Cousins are basically locked into starting roles.
Even though ‘Reke has at no point in his career shown that he is capable of playing point guard on a consistent basis, that is where he will start the season. C’est La Vie, I guess. At the very least, it will be fun to watch Sacramento’s front office try to alternately talk themselves into Evans and Jimmer Fredette as starting point guards, even though neither is truly suited for the job.
Salmons is the starting SF by default, since the days of Francisco Garcia: NBA Starter seem to have mercifully come to an end.
And although Cousins may not be a true center, neither is anyone else on the Kings roster, so he will presumably start the year at the 5.
Marcus Thornton had a “break out” year of sorts last season when Evans went down, which allowed Thornton to shoot the ball completely without conscience.
We’ll see how that works out for a full season. He will begin the season as a starter, but depending on the development of Jimmer Fredette, he may be moved to the bench, where he can fulfill his inevitable destiny as an energizer-bunny/gunner sixth man.