First, let us review what we found out about Mister Tolliver so far. Tolliver’s traditional offensive stats aren’t eye-popping, but he is a good 3 point shooter, which fills a need for the Kings. His defensive stats are also not massive, but he provides league average on-ball defense. The advanced metrics rate Tolliver as a slightly below league average player, but better than a replacement player. Tolliver also has no significant injury history to speak of.
So is Tolliver worth 2 years and $16 million to the Sacramento Kings?
I think it is a fair value contract, but the Kings certainly did not get themselves a steal. They acquired a veteran who can fill a need or two for the team at $8 million a season. With the salary cap at $94.143 million this season and projected to be $102 million next year, the Kings acquired a role player for roughly 8% of their cap for 2 years. As long as Tolliver can stay healthy and produce at the level he has his entire career, the Kings got a fair value contract.
Hopefully, Tolliver can also bring some much-needed leadership to the locker room with his veteran presence. That would make the contract look better for the Kings because they are in desperate need of a cohesive dressing room. Not bad on this one Kings, in my opinion. Now, I hope Tolliver can be the man to unite the Kings this season to make this contract look even better.