2. Sasha Vezenkov
When the Kings signed the reigning EuroLeague MVP over the summer, there was plenty of excitement around the move. Everyone wants a sharpshooting big on their squad who is still new to the league and can surprise opponents every night.
That excitement was shut down a little when Coach Mike Brown quickly established that Vezenkov would have to earn his spot in the rotation. With Trey Lyles out to start the season he has had a chance to play right away, however.
Last night, he struggled. He finished the game with 0 points, missing a three and a two-point attempts, 1 rebound, 1 steal, and 1 block in only a little over 10 minutes. Seeing a steal and a block on the stat sheet for a player who struggles defensively is nice, but all in all, he was a non-factor in this game.
All the Kings need Vezenkov to do at this point in his NBA career is to make some shots. Especially with Fox and Lyles being confined to the sidelines and Murray struggling to score, the Kings could have used some offense out of him.
Instead, they got nothing. Obviously, it is not on Vezenkov to put the team on his back, but two or three made shots could’ve been incredibly helpful.