Sacramento Kings: Who Should Start at Power Forward?

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 27: Zach Randolph
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 27: Zach Randolph /
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SACRAMENTO, CA – APRIL 11: Skal Labissiere
SACRAMENTO, CA – APRIL 11: Skal Labissiere /

Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere was one of the few bright spots from the Kings’ messy 2016-2017 campaign. When given legit playing time, Labissiere shined as he averaged 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 54.4% from the floor (post All-Star stats).

Starting Labissiere could mean two things, 1) Labissiere’s development process and 2) The direction of the Kings. For all we know, Labissiere could end up being the best power forward once training camp and preseason conclude. It wouldn’t be that surprising considering the type of improvement he showed from the beginning of his rookie season to the end. But starting Skal could also mean the Kings are primarily focused on seeing the young talent develop since they are in a full rebuild mode.

The benefit of starting Skal in terms of play would help the Kings offensively. His game primarily relies on his mid-range jumper and post skills. While Randolph’s game is more physical, Skal is more finesse when stepping on the hardwood. Skal also has the ability to make three-point shots as well, which fills a void for the Kings who don’t really have a stretch-four on their roster at the moment.