Starting Point Guard- Darren Collison
Darren Collison returns to the top of the depth chart this season after playing off the bench most of the last NBA season. As a starter in his career, Collison averages 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.9 3’s per game on 46.7% from the field and 85.3% from the free throw line in 33.2 minutes per game. I could see Collison settling in around 30 minutes a night. I expect his numbers to look similar to his career averages as a starter. Below is a highlight video from Mister Collison’s 2015-2016 season where he was the Kings starter.
Collison will not be the King’s starting point guard on opening night, though. This offseason Collison pled guilty to a domestic violence charge and is facing a suspension from the league. I wrote a recent article here about the precedent set by other major professional sports leagues and predicting the length of Collison’s suspension. It could be a lengthy suspension. The Kings may have to hand the starting job over to the next player on opening night.
Next up: Backup Point Guard