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Kings Positional Breakdown: PF

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Kings Positional Breakdown: PF

With Training Camp around the corner, get an overview of Sacramento’s depth at power forward, which features three of the most efficient big men in the League and a key veteran leader.

Sacramento’s revamped frontline boasts three forwards who posted a double-digit scoring average while converting more than 50 percent from the field in 2012-13. In addition, ninth-year pro Chuck Hayes has provided steady locker room leadership, strong defense and veteran savvy.

Kings Power Forwards – 2012-13 Statistics
Player

PPG

FG%

FT%

RPG

Chuck Hayes

2.7

44.2%

62.5%

4.0

Carl Landry*

10.8

54.0%

81.7%

6.0

Patrick Patterson**

10.4

51.2%

76.2%

4.7

Jason Thompson

10.9

50.2%

69.4%

6.7

*Played with Golden State Warriors
**Played with Houston Rockets and Kings

Jason Thompson – who started 74 games at power forward in 2012-13 – led the team in field-goal percentage (50.2 percent – minimum 100 attempts) and blocks (61), while placing second in rebounding (549). A model of consistency and a nightly double-double threat, No. 34 has never averaged fewer than 12 points and 8.5 boards per 36 minutes throughout his five-year career, and has made 51.2 percent of his field goals over the last three years.

In 33 contests in which he played at least 30 minutes last season, Thompson averaged 14.3 points on 53.7 percent from the floor, 8.7 rebounds and one block per outing, including a season-high 23 points and 10 boards on Feb. 4 and 16 points and a season-high 16 rebounds on April 5.

The Rider product has displayed a wide range of offensive skills, including an improved back-to-the-basket game and the ability to finish with either hand. Utilizing his physicality, lateral quickness and athleticism, the 6-foot-11 big man is able to maintain his position in the post and defend forwards and centers.

In addition to maintaining peak physical condition over the summer, in his latest blog, Thompson revealed he’s aiming to extend his range by adding a three-pointer to his arsenal.

Last year’s mid-season acquisition Patrick Patterson found his niche as a stretch four, drilling 51 triples at a 38.6-percent clip – 44.4 percent with the Kings – after going 0-for-5 from behind the arc over his first two years combined. The efficient, 6-foot-9 forward averaged 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per 36 minutes in 2012-13, and put up 15.3 points on 64.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from downtown in three starts with Sacramento.

The Kentucky product notched 14 points on 6-of-7 from the field to go along with nine rebounds in a win over the Bulls on March 13, and hit 9-of-12 attempts en route to 22 points against the Lakers in the following game.

No. 9’s ability to score from multiple areas on the floor, combined with his size and sound fundamentals, allow the versatile big man to play both forward positions, as well as slide to center in smaller lineups.

Carl Landry, who returns to Sacramento for a second go-round, played an integral role on the Warriors in 2012-13, tallying 20.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per 36 minutes in 12 Playoff contests. The efficient forward ranked 10th in the League in true-shooting percentage (60.5 percent) and 12th in field-goal percentage (54.0) during the regular season, knocking down a stellar 70.8 percent of his attempts at the rim, according to HoopData.com.

A perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate, Landry tallied five games with 20 or more points off the bench, including two with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds. No. 24 grabbed a career-high 6.0 boards in 23.2 minutes per contest, and tied for the sixth-most double-doubles by a reserve (five) in the League.

The Purdue product believes his all-around skill set has evolved since the last time he donned a Kings jersey during the 2010-11 campaign.

“I definitely have more experience, I’m more mature, I understand the game, my basketball IQ has improved and I would say I’ve gotten better on both ends of the floor,” says Landry. “I definitely have some leadership qualities I can bring to this team, as well.”

The hard-working, 6-foot-6 Hayes averaged 5.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per 36 minutes in 2012-13, finishing second on the team in offensive- (10.5) and total-rebound rate (14.2) among players with at least 1,000 minutes played. Demonstrating excellent court vision, the Modesto native recorded six games with four or more assists – the second-most by a Kings big man behind DeMarcus Cousins.

No. 42, renowned as one of the League’s toughest frontcourt defenders, uses his strength and foot speed to fight for low-post position, as well as his high basketball IQ to recognize adjustments made by opposing coaches.

With four proven veterans who’ve displayed relentless work ethic and dedication to improving their respective games, power forward may be Sacramento’s deepest position.

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