Over the course of a career that spanned 12 seasons, Reggie Theus suited up for five different organizations, and among those five, not one of them did the former two-time All-Star not find success as a bonafide scorer in.
Putting the ball in the basket was really all Theus did, and while it’s always nice to have players who can do multiple things on the court, there has always been a place in the league for guys like him.
At the heart of Theus’s offensive package was his ability to get to the free throw line. There still isn’t an exact science to the art of drawing fouls, but he just wasn’t afraid to take the ball to the basket and embrace the contact rather than try to avoid it, leading to an average of 5.5 attempts per game over the course of his career.
Because opposing defenses wanted to keep him away from the bucket, they sagged off him, daring him to shoot, and the former UNLV product would happily oblige, unleashing from 15 feet time and time again, creating a conundrum the defense rarely found an answer to.
Theus would go on to average 18.5 points per game for his career, including two consecutive seasons over 20 with the Sacramento Kings. His career shooting percentage of 47.1 shows a respectable amount of efficiency, something that can’t be said for quite a few big-time scorers who played in the NBA.
Unfortunately, he didn’t help the Kings too much team success, with just two first-round appearances that both ended in sweeps. Maybe a slight tweak to his game could’ve changed that. But then again, it’s hard to get one to change after playing a certain way for so long, and as the numbers would attest, it wasn’t like Theus was bad at what he did.