There are only three teams in the NBA that currently have two scorers averaging 20+ points on the season – the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder being two of those three. The third? None other than your Sacramento Kings who oddly enough have three players averaging over twenty points per game.
Maybe that’s not a statistic you’d proudly pound your chest over since it’s an indication of a relatively poor bench, but there’s no doubt DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas have formed quite the trio and it’s a core that head coach Michael Malone is proud of and holds quite the faith in.
“I’m not even sure of the exact record, but I know we’ve shown the ability to be a great competitor and beat a lot of the best teams in the NBA when those guys are all playing,” Malone said of Cousins, Gay and Thomas. “When they play at a high level, three 20-point scorers, we become very hard to guard because you have a low-post force, a wing with the versatility and athleticism that Rudy has and a point guard in Isaiah who can score, get to the foul line and make plays for his teammates. Not that many teams have that three-headed attack. It’s great to have and hopefully we’ll be able to keep those together because with that core you add some pieces to that and you allow Ray [McCallum] and Ben [McLemore] to continue to mature and get better and I think we have a solid foundation. Those guys, offensively, are terrific and they’re getting better defensively.”
While the Kings don’t have a winning record with Cousins, Gay and Thomas all starting – it’s a far improved record over what we had seen in the early portions of the year and gives the Kings plenty of hope going into the offseason – assuming both Gay and Thomas return.