It’s been said that time equals experience, but when 4/5′s of your team’s starting lineup has an average age of 23 years old – well, not even Yoda could help with that.
The Kings big three (DeMarcus Cousins, Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans) statistically, outside of FG%, are all having fine seasons – but as we know, there’s far more to the game than just statistics. However, it’s certainly become alarming at just how difficult it is for all three (or even two of the three) to all have solid shooting games at the same time.
Take this into account – the last time Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton both shot 45% or above in a game? Outside of the tough loss in Chicago the other night, it was over a month and a half ago – New Year’s day against the New Orleans Hornets (the fifth game of the season), to be exact. Granted, Marcus has missed eight games this season – but Reke and Marcus only able to get on the same page four times in Marcus’ twenty-two games? Two of the four happening in the first three games? Yikes.
DeMarcus and Tyreke? They’ve struggled as well – shooting 45%+ together in only four games (Feb 14 @ Chi, Jan 20 @ SAS, Jan 8 vs. Orl, Jan 10 @ Philly).
As for Thornton and DeMarcus – one time they’ve both shot over 45% (Feb 14 @ Chi) – although, as mentioned above, Marcus did miss eight games.
All three shooting 45%+ in a game? One time. Valentine’s day in Chicago.
For comparison sake, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have accomplished this nearly fourteen times already this season (and fractions away from multiple more). Yes, 45% is a pretty lofty percentage for multiple players to shoot in the same game – no doubt – and comparing Evans/Cousins/Thornton to that of a Westbrook and Durant combo might not exactly be fair on the talent scale, but the point remains – the lack of consistency from the Kings big three, in terms of their games meshing offensively at the same time, is rough to say the least.
Unfortunately for we fans, patience isn’t something many of us consider our strong point – but hopefully with better health and a home heavy schedule in the second half of the season, the Kings big three can improve their consistency and in turn the teams record.