Ten years ago, a scrawny high school prodigy decided to skip over college and enter the NBA Draft. That player was point guard Shaun Livingston who looked primed to be an NBA All-Star but just two plus seasons into his career, the Illinois native suffered a devastating injury which many assumed would end his career.
Livingston continued to fight and eventually worked his way back into the NBA nearly two years later, though he’s never become the player so many expected prior to injury. That said, he’s still a very serviceable point guard and seems to be on the wish list of many teams this offseason, including the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings are on the lookout for a starting point guard, and one name to keep an eye on is the Brooklyn Nets’ Shaun Livingston. The 28-year-old free-agent-to-be whose career looked all but over in 2007 when he had a devastating leg injury while with the Los Angeles Clippers had his best season yet in 2014-15, helping the Nets turn their season around when he started in place of the injured Deron Williams and remaining a vital part of their program even after he returned.
Livingston would actually be a solid backup for Thomas, so it’s possible the Kings could be interested either way but I think the vast majority would prefer IT over Shaun Livingston if they had to choose.