Which Sacramento King Will Have A Breakout 2011 Season?

I’m going to pretend like I’m all that (well, do I need to pretend? *church bells ring*) and assume there will be a 2011-2012 NBA season. Why? Because I can. I gotz it like that… *snaps fingers*

And in my asinine assumption, I’m going to look at what King has the best chance at having a breakout campaign – well, YOU are, actually.

So what are the parameters for a breakout season? Well, in all honesty, I’m not sure there is a defined set. Maybe it’s an all around improved game. Maybe it’s a player molding into a role. It could possibly be an under performing small forward outplaying a born again King forward – it’s really up to you, the reader, to define what exactly the “breakout” will entail.

We’re going to leave off the Reke-DMC duo because they’re more or less expected to perform, anything less would be a disappointment – we’re looking for role players who *hopefully* can take their game to that next level.

So how say you? What King are you expecting big things from? Excluding Reke, DMC, Thornton and Teh Jimmer, of course, since we all know what they’re capable of (or in Jimmer’s case, hope..)

Who's Your 2011 Kings Breakout?

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  • http://www.bloguin.com/evilcowtowninc Nate Hughart

    You didn’t give me the option to say Tyler Honeycutt and that will be the guy I choose here. If only because Isaiah Thomas will get limited minutes as the “projected” 4th G and because Honeycutt has a clear opportunity to grab that backup SF spot in a way that neither Omri Casspi or Donte Greene can and/or could.

    Personally, while I’m not that fond of JJ Hickson, I also don’t think if he plays well that it’s really something that could be realistically termed as a “breakout”. He had plenty of good moments with LeBron James around. It’s not that the Cavs lacked talent around LeBron; they had plenty. What they didn’t have was a superstar that LeBronzingloser could hide behind. < / lebron rant >

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hicksjj01.html

    Look at Hickson’s splits last year from Hoopdata:

    http://www.hoopdata.com/splits.aspx?player=J.J.%20Hickson

    It shows he has moments as a high usage guy, but that his real role is a lesser usage guy. This is already clear. Casual fans may not know this, but, well, that’s why they are casual fans.

    So while my poll vote was for Thomas, I would have voted for Honeycutt due to the opportunity and talent Honeycutt has.

  • ARoyalPain

    @Pookeyguru

    You think Honeycutt will get time with PW? I’m a huge fan of his and think he’ll be the SF of the future (barring some oddities) but I’m not sure if Westphal will give him enough run to make a significant impact for the majority of the season. I hope he does, but, I have a feeling he’ll trust Greene more until the later part of the season.

  • http://www.bloguin.com/evilcowtowninc Nate Hughart

    You didn’t give me the option to say Tyler Honeycutt and that will be the guy I choose here. If only because Isaiah Thomas will get limited minutes as the “projected” 4th G and because Honeycutt has a clear opportunity to grab that backup SF spot in a way that neither Omri Casspi or Donte Greene can and/or could.

    Personally, while I’m not that fond of JJ Hickson, I also don’t think if he plays well that it’s really something that could be realistically termed as a “breakout”. He had plenty of good moments with LeBron James around. It’s not that the Cavs lacked talent around LeBron; they had plenty. What they didn’t have was a superstar that LeBronzingloser could hide behind. < / lebron rant >

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hicksjj01.html

    Look at Hickson’s splits last year from Hoopdata:

    http://www.hoopdata.com/splits.aspx?player=J.J.%20Hickson

    It shows he has moments as a high usage guy, but that his real role is a lesser usage guy. This is already clear. Casual fans may not know this, but, well, that’s why they are casual fans.

    So while my poll vote was for Thomas, I would have voted for Honeycutt due to the opportunity and talent Honeycutt has.

  • Pookeyguru

    You didn’t give me the option to say Tyler Honeycutt and that will be the guy I choose here. If only because Isaiah Thomas will get limited minutes as the “projected” 4th G and because Honeycutt has a clear opportunity to grab that backup SF spot in a way that neither Omri Casspi or Donte Greene can and/or could.

    Personally, while I’m not that fond of JJ Hickson, I also don’t think if he plays well that it’s really something that could be realistically termed as a “breakout”. He had plenty of good moments with LeBron James around. It’s not that the Cavs lacked talent around LeBron; they had plenty. What they didn’t have was a superstar that LeBronzingloser could hide behind. < / lebron rant >

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hicksjj01.html

    Look at Hickson’s splits last year from Hoopdata:

    http://www.hoopdata.com/splits.aspx?player=J.J.%20Hickson

    It shows he has moments as a high usage guy, but that his real role is a lesser usage guy. This is already clear. Casual fans may not know this, but, well, that’s why they are casual fans.

    So while my poll vote was for Thomas, I would have voted for Honeycutt due to the opportunity and talent Honeycutt has.

  • ARoyalPain

    You think Honeycutt will get time with PW? I’m a huge fan of his and think he’ll be the SF of the future (barring some oddities) but I’m not sure if Westphal will give him enough run to make a significant impact for the majority of the season. I hope he does, but, I have a feeling he’ll trust Greene more until the later part of the season.

  • ARoyalPain

    You think Honeycutt will get time with PW? I’m a huge fan of his and think he’ll be the SF of the future (barring some oddities) but I’m not sure if Westphal will give him enough run to make a significant impact for the majority of the season. I hope he does, but, I have a feeling he’ll trust Greene more until the later part of the season.

  • ARoyalPain

    @Pookeyguru

    You think Honeycutt will get time with PW? I’m a huge fan of his and think he’ll be the SF of the future (barring some oddities) but I’m not sure if Westphal will give him enough run to make a significant impact for the majority of the season. I hope he does, but, I have a feeling he’ll trust Greene more until the later part of the season.

  • ARoyalPain

    @Pookeyguru

    You think Honeycutt will get time with PW? I’m a huge fan of his and think he’ll be the SF of the future (barring some oddities) but I’m not sure if Westphal will give him enough run to make a significant impact for the majority of the season. I hope he does, but, I have a feeling he’ll trust Greene more until the later part of the season.

  • http://www.bloguin.com/evilcowtowninc Nate Hughart

    @ARoyalPain @Pookeyguru I’m not worried about Westphal. If Honeycutt is good enough to play in the rotation, Westphal will play him because he thinks that’s what will help the Kings win.

    In general, or however you wish to term it, a lot of coaches don’t like playing rookies because rookies have a tough adjustment. That adjustment costs you games, and, as you know, coaches are being paid to win. Westphal went along with the rebuilding program for 2 years because he knew it was his best long term interest to do so and that would create a real possibility to win in the 3rd coaching year and beyond.

    Having said that, and that’s 2 different statements that seem almost paradoxical (although not), I do think Westphal isn’t adverse to playing young players if he’s willing to give Jimmer Fredette minutes right away. Jimmer is also a young player right?

    That said, it will be Greene’s job to lose and that’s the point I’m thinking about Honeycutt. Donte Greene showed a few signs of life towards the end of the season as an 8th/9th man in the rotation. If Honeycutt has a real future, he’ll push Greene out of the rotation by simply being more value. If not, Greene will maintain that role for at least another year.

    The short answer is, I doubt Honeycutt won’t get minutes on the basis he’s a rookie. What Honeycutt won’t get is an automatic minute allotment due to hope that he could pan out the way that happened with Omri Casspi and Donte Greene for the last several years. Coaches, and franchises, for good reason no less, want a competition for minutes. Now you have that at every position across the board, and that’s why I think the Kings will make the playoffs if they have a full season to work out the kinks and get it going.

    No, I’m not just saying that to be “different”. I think this team has the potential to easily be an 8th seed even in a difficult conference.

  • Pookeyguru

    @ARoyalPain @Pookeyguru I’m not worried about Westphal. If Honeycutt is good enough to play in the rotation, Westphal will play him because he thinks that’s what will help the Kings win.

    In general, or however you wish to term it, a lot of coaches don’t like playing rookies because rookies have a tough adjustment. That adjustment costs you games, and, as you know, coaches are being paid to win. Westphal went along with the rebuilding program for 2 years because he knew it was his best long term interest to do so and that would create a real possibility to win in the 3rd coaching year and beyond.

    Having said that, and that’s 2 different statements that seem almost paradoxical (although not), I do think Westphal isn’t adverse to playing young players if he’s willing to give Jimmer Fredette minutes right away. Jimmer is also a young player right?

    That said, it will be Greene’s job to lose and that’s the point I’m thinking about Honeycutt. Donte Greene showed a few signs of life towards the end of the season as an 8th/9th man in the rotation. If Honeycutt has a real future, he’ll push Greene out of the rotation by simply being more value. If not, Greene will maintain that role for at least another year.

    The short answer is, I doubt Honeycutt won’t get minutes on the basis he’s a rookie. What Honeycutt won’t get is an automatic minute allotment due to hope that he could pan out the way that happened with Omri Casspi and Donte Greene for the last several years. Coaches, and franchises, for good reason no less, want a competition for minutes. Now you have that at every position across the board, and that’s why I think the Kings will make the playoffs if they have a full season to work out the kinks and get it going.

    No, I’m not just saying that to be “different”. I think this team has the potential to easily be an 8th seed even in a difficult conference.