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Kings Positional Breakdown: PG

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Kings Positional Breakdown: PG

With Training Camp quickly approaching, get an overview of Sacramento’s depth at point guard, which features a trio of talented, young players.

While Kings incumbent point guard starter Isaiah Thomas is coming off a superb sophomore campaign – which included an invite to the NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge – Sacramento put an emphasis on shoring up its depth at the position heading into 2013-14. The team acquired pass-first floor general Greivis Vásquez via trade from New Orleans and selected the multifaceted Ray McCallum with the 36th pick in the Draft.

Kings Point Guards – 2012-13 Statistics
Player

PPG

3PT%

APG

RPG

Ray McCallum*

18.7

32.3%

4.5

5.1

Isaiah Thomas

13.9

35.8%

4.0

2.0

Greivis Vasquez

13.9

34.2%

9.0

4.3

*Played at University of Detroit

Vásquez – who finished second in Most Improved Player voting in 2012-13 – enjoyed a breakout third-year campaign, leading the League in total assists (704) and ranking second in assist percentage (44.9 percent) and third in dishes per game (9.0). Consistently generating efficient, high-quality looks, as 3.8 of the guard’s assists led to baskets at the rim and 2.1 attributed to made three-pointers, according to HoopData.com.

“(Greivis is) a facilitator, he’s a floor leader (and) he’s going to make plays for his teammates,” says Kings Head Coach Michael Malone. “That goes into changing our culture and getting guys who are willing to move the ball and pass up good shots to get great shots.”

Continuing to refine his outside touch, No. 10 improved his field goal and three-point percentages for the third consecutive season en route to scoring a career-high 13.9 points per contest. In 10 games in which he played at least 40 minutes in 2012-13, the Maryland product averaged an eye-opening 19.3 points, 10.6 assists and 6.1 rebounds.

Standing 6-foot-6, Vásquez utilizes his size and strength to defend point guards and shooting guards, as well as corral rebounds at one of the highest clips at his position (4.3 per game), providing Sacramento with added lineup flexibility.

“I think the size is a great advantage (for him) and it’s a great advantage for us, too, considering some of the other guards we have,” says Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. “He can play (shooting guard) or (point guard), which gives you the opportunity to put maybe some of your other guards together … I think it gives coaches the ability to really get creative.”

While Thomas also averaged 13.9 points per contest, to go along with 4.0 assists in 2012-13, the 5-foot-9 sparkplug accumulated his numbers in a different fashion.

Boasting a quick first step and the ability to seamlessly change direction, No. 22 is capable of beating his defender off the dribble and splitting double teams to get in the lane, spotting up for mid-range jumpers and finishing in transition.

The sophomore guard put up 17.3 points, 5.4 assists and one steal per game in 28 games after the All-Star break, and notched three contests with 30 or more points on the season. Improving his scoring efficiency, Thomas ranked seventh in the League in free-throw accuracy (88.2 percent) and posted a 53.6-percent effective field-goal percentage over the second half of the year, according to NBA.com/stats.

The University of Washington product has continued to develop as a playmaker and decision-maker, leading the Kings in assists and ranking second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.26), while tallying double-doubles in two of the final three games of the season.

Second-round pick McCallum improved his scoring average, field-goal and three-point accuracy and defensive rating in each of his three seasons at Detroit, earning Horizon League Player of the Year honors after leading the conference in points (18.7 per game) and steals (1.9) and ranking second in assists (4.5).

No. 3 displayed his high basketball IQ and all-around skill set during Summer League action, leading the Kings in assists (4.0) and steals (2.2) and placing second in scoring (12.6 points per game) and third in rebounding (4.2). The Motor City native recorded game-highs with 23 points and six steals on July 15, and notched a double-double in the finale in Las Vegas with 12 points and 11 assists.

Demonstrating his athleticism, speed and elevation, McCallum skied for several impressive throwdowns, including a posterizing slam during mini-camp.

With three talented up-and-comers – each with a unique skill set – the Kings could wind up sporting one of the most versatile point guard trios in the League.

Fan Take

Which Kings point guard would you like to see earn the start on Opening Night?

  • Ellis

    How about Jimmer Fredette :)

    • AK

      Jimmer is more of a SG

      • Ellis

        Sounds good AK, just any way he can get some playing time.

        • AK

          I hate to say this, but Jimmer will get little to no playing time.

          He has several guards in front of him.

  • Mad Dam

    Opening night point guard? Who ever earns it per training camp evaluations by the new coaching staff. I like them all on this team. My heart is with IT! He always made the team better when he was on the floor. Can’t ignore that.

    Just haven’t seen the others like I’ve seen IT so it’s not a fair call for me to make. I sure do like the numbers on our 2 new players. But GV assists numbers would be outstanding to watch and can’t wait to see it on a Kings team again. Sure did love JWill as a King. Nothing better entertainment-wise for my money.

  • Marcos

    No discussion, Greivis Vasquez.

    • Matty G

      agreed, IT is a good bench PG. id take a 6’6″ pass first PG over a 5’9″ score first PG any day. Plus, it would be nice to have somebody to dish to demarcus instead of the big guy always having to create his own shot….

  • Robin Jennifer Egan

    IT all the way! 8-)

  • oute5000

    Isaiah Thomas All Day…!!!!! He worked hard For that starting Roll & well Deserves it…!!

  • autopartsman

    Ray McCallum – give the Rook a chance. He was awesome in the Summer League.

  • Matthew

    All of the PG’s are gonna be fun to watch. This position makes me more excited than any of the others.

    LESS THAN A MONTH UNTIL THE FIRST PRESEASON GAME!!!!!

  • Matthew

    Also I was talking to Jerry Reynolds and he was talking a little about how he thinks IT and Greivis together would be a really fun backcourt to watch. Like a Doug Christie and Mike Bibby type of thing. Doug brought it up and facilitated the offense but Mike was technically the point. I wanna see Greivis kicking out to wide open MT23, McLemore, Jimmer, or anyone else that will end up getting open at the arc.

  • julius

    Ray McCallum should start. He’s a scoring point gaurd who loves to pass and mostly he’s smart. He reminds me of Deron Williams but better!

  • Sonny Phillips

    Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer,Jimmer

  • Orlando Mejias

    Greivis Vasquez is the key

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