There’s a good chance that if you’re a hardcore sports fan like me, you probably play fantasy sports – especially fantasy basketball. So here at A Royal Pain we’re going to start a weekly fantasy basketball report that dishes on the fantasy impact of your fellow Sacramento Kings.
Below we’ll cover the Kings’ starting lineup and give you some advice as to who you should add, drop, keep the faith in or trade away before it’s too late.
For today’s post, we’ll deal with the Kings’ backcourt…
Isaiah Thomas – Coming into the season, I was a big believer in Thomas’ fantasy value given his projected draft position and the value that went with it. In his starts last year, Thomas put up numbers comparable to upper echelon guards but through the seasons first five games, it’s been hit or miss mostly thanks to Keith Smart‘s rotations. At only 12 points a game with 1 assist and 1 rebound, it’s understandable if you want to cut bait given what we know of Smart’s rotations, but unless the option is significantly better – I’d still hold. Don’t drop Thomas too soon – hold out hope he’ll eventually get the minutes as the season grows on.
Marcus Thornton – Much like Thomas (and to a point, Tyreke Evans), Marcus Thornton is at the mercy of the rotations. Coming off the bench, Thornton is averaging three less minutes a game as opposed to last year but the shot attempts are just about the same, so no need to read into the minute crunch. So far – one of the added benefits to Thornton not having to handle the ball as much is the lack of turnovers as he’s only lost the rock one time through five games. He is what he is – a three point Richard Hamilton in terms of fantasy production, so if you need threes – he’s your man. Outside of that, the assists and rebounds will be minimal.
Tyreke Evans – Chances are, if you took a chance on Evans this year, you probably did so later in the draft and given that – you can’t really complain about his numbers so far. With nearly seven boards a game and three assists, that’s pretty solid value for where you should’ve taken Evans at. His field goal percentage will climb to a respectable level in due time, so no worries there – as will the points per game. He’ll be wildly inconsistent, like much of the Kings’ backcourt will be this season, but he’s somebody I’d target if you don’t have him given that most owners wont be too attached, especially with his slow start on the offensive end.