SF: Ron Artest/Metta World Peace
Our defense and tenacity is going to come from our small forward position.
Metta World Peace, or Ron Artest as we know him, was one of the players that bridged the gap between Kings’ eras. He was arguably the most important player on the roster for the two and a half years he spent in Sacramento, and enjoyed career highs in nearly every statistical category.
He was Ron Artest. The brute who could kind of shoot, who brought the nasty but could also get buckets. In his 167 games in a Kings uniform, he averaged 18.9 points and 5.9 rebounds, and even shot a respectable 35 percent from deep on his 4.1 attempts per game.
Not much would be expected of Artest on the offensive end for our squad. We already have the ball handlers, and as you’ll see on the next couple of slides, immense front court talent. It would be on the defensive end where the Kings would rely on him. He can effectively guard virtually any position, which would come in handy given the rest of our roster’s lack of defensive prowess.
Artest is another player that got his ring with the Lakers, which we’ll also forgive. But unlike Richmond, who could end up being more of a luxury pick for this team, Artest’s skill set would be crucial to success.