Find out which Kings players are approaching significant career marks and climbing up the Sacramento-era and current NBA ranks.
As the Kings prepare to tip-off the 2012-13 season, several players are on the verge of achieving key individual milestones and moving up the Sacramento-era ranks in numerous categories. From DeMarcus Cousins’ chase for the team rebounding record to John Salmons’ ascent up the NBA’s all-time three-point list, following are some of the notable achievements for which to watch during the upcoming year.
Total Career Points: 3,642
Sacramento-Era Rank: 18th
Garcia, the longest-tenured player on the current Kings roster, is steadily nearing 4,000 career points, a feat accomplished by only 13 players in the Sacramento era. “El Flaco” would reach the coveted mark by averaging at least 5.1 points per game – which he’s done in all but one of his seven seasons – over the course of the forthcoming 82 games.
Total Career Points: 3,499
Sacramento-Era Rank: 20th
No. 13 has averaged 18.2 points per game over his first three seasons, and could finish the 2012-13 campaign as high as 11th on the Sacramento-era scoring list. As he approaches the 5,000-point plateau, he’s on pace to surpass Walt Williams, Garcia, Doug Christie, Bobby Jackson, as well as All-Stars Otis Thorpe and Reggie Theus this season.
Total Career Points: 2,303
Sacramento-Era Rank: 31st
Only 19 players in the Sacramento-era have scored more than 3,500 points, and after putting up 18.1 points per contest in 2011-12, No. 15 should enter the exclusive club well before the regular season finale.
Total Career Rebounds: 2,675
Holding a career average of 5.6 rebounds per contest, the hard-working big man is on pace to grab the 3,000th board of his career during the second half of the upcoming season.
Total Career Rebounds: 2,140
Sacramento-Era Rank: 10th
Thompson, who has averaged at least 6.9 boards per contest in three of his first four years, climbed into the top-10 in the Sacramento-era rebounding ranks in 2011-12, and could pass Thorpe, LaSalle Thompson, Peja Stojakovic and Wayman Tisdale to move into the sixth spot by the 2012-13 finale.
Total Career Rebounds: 1,402
Sacramento-Era Rank: 19th
If Cousins, who increased his rebounding average from 8.6 to 11.0 last season, grabs at least a dozen boards per contest in 2012-13, he’d move up at least 10 spots in the Sacramento-era category, ahead of prominent glass-cleaners Corliss Williamson, Thorpe and “Tank” Thompson.
Total Career Assists: 1,797
Kings-Career Assists: 751
By the 2012-13 finale, Salmons could reach the 2,000-assist mark at his rate of 2.9 dishes per night over the previous four seasons.
Total Career Assists: 1,016
Sacramento-Era Rank: 14th
Based on his 5.3 assists per game average – the seventh highest in the Sacramento era – Evans is on pace to surpass Jason Williams, Kenny Smith and Beno Udrih to move into the category’s top-10 by season’s end.
Total Career Assists: 992
After averaging 3.6 dimes per contest over his first four years, No. 3 is on target to surpass the 1,000-career-assist mark during his first week of action in the purple and black.
Total Career Three-Pointers Made: 556
After connecting on 1.3 three-pointers per game since 2008-09, Salmons could join the 600-triple club, which contains only 57 active NBA players, by mid-season. No. 5 is also only 11 three-point makes shy of becoming the 14th player in the Sacramento era to drain 200 shots from long range in a Kings uniform.
Total Career Three-Pointers Made: 435
Sacramento-Era Rank: 5th
Garcia has averaged a shade over one three-pointer per game and needs only 24 triples to surpass Kevin Martin for fourth place on the all-time Sacramento-era list, which would put him behind only sharpshooters Stojakovic, Mitch Richmond and Mike Bibby.
Total Career Three-Pointers: 428
Brooks, who led the League in three-pointers made and attempted in 2009-10, has knocked down 1.6 triples per game during his career, putting him on course to hit his 500th shot from downtown shortly after this season’s All-Star break.
Total Career Steals: 359
Sacramento-Era Rank: 10th
Garcia, who has come up with at least 41 steals in five of his seven seasons – including a career-high 96 swipes in 2007-08 – needs only 38 in 2012-13 to move past Metta World Peace and Spud Webb in Sacramento-era annals.
Total Career Blocks: 312
Sacramento-Era Rank: 7th
Garcia, one of the best shot-blockers at his position in the League, has averaged 0.7 swats per game, putting him on pace by season’s end to move into fourth place in the Sacramento era, behind only Divac, Chris Webber and Duane Causwell.
Total Career Blocks: 220
Sacramento-Era Rank: 13th
With a career average of 0.7 blocks per contest, including one swat per game in 2009-10, J.T. could move up as many as five spots in the category, passing Scot Pollard, Olden Polynice and Tisdale over the course of the upcoming season.
Total Career Games: 422
Sacramento-Era Rank: 8th
Garcia has spent seven seasons with the Kings – a mark surpassed by only Stojakovic and Williamson – and could become the third player in the Sacramento era to appear in over 500 games with the team by season’s end.
Which upcoming Kings milestone do you think is most impressive?