The Sacramento Kings still need to the fill the point guard vacancy that they currently have before the regular season starts.
Darren Collison is likely to be the starter for the season, which means they will at the very least need a backup facilitator. Rookie Isaiah Cousins is a solution for that spot, but although he has promise, his inexperience make him an uncomfortable option in my opinion.
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With that being said, the Kings will need to explore other options in finding their backup point guard, but what if he is already on the roster?
If you ask me, there is someone on the Kings roster right now that could possibly see some time running the offense. The name of this person, recently acquired Lamar Patterson.
Technically Patterson’s main position is shooting guard, but Patterson has shown through his professional career that he can play the point guard position as well.
Here is a video that displays some of his highlights from last season, some of them showing his potential at playing point guard.
When looking at the video, Patterson has the skillset to be a point guard option for the Kings. His ball handling skills are solid, he sees the floor well, and can pass the ball great for his position.
Not only does the tape showcase Patterson’s potential at point guard, but the numbers do as well. During his time with the Austin Spurs (D-League team) and Atlanta Hawks summer league team, Patterson averaged 4.3 assists per game for both squads, solid numbers for a combo-guard.
I do not think that the Kings should bank on making Patterson their backup point guard, but if the roster for Sacramento remains the same until opening night, he should be considered to play some minutes running the point.
The Kings should try to find other solutions to the vacant point guard spot, but Lamar Patterson is a good last resort solution to turn to if needed.