1 Question for every Kings player as countdown to the playoffs begins

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Malik Monk

Can he truly establish himself as the best bench player in the league?

Malik Monk may not start for the Kings, but he usually closes games and is one of their most important players. Playing with great energy and confidence, he is the team’s heartbeat. 

If the Kings secure a playoff spot, Monk’s fingerprints will be all over it. He has much more at stake than just that, however, as one of the top candidates for Sixth Man of the Year and with free agency looming. 

Trey Lyles

Can he be ready for the postseason?

Trey Lyles has been out with an MCL sprain, and the Kings are missing him sorely. Other than Monk, he has been the most reliable reserve, and Sacramento’s forward rotation is already thin enough with everyone available.

So far, it is not clear when Lyles will be back yet, and even if he returns for the postseason, the question remains whether we will be ready to make big contributions. 

Chris Duarte

Can he play under control and contribute consistently?

To start the season, Chris Duarte looked out of control, fouling left and right and missing threes. Lately, he has looked much more composed and got rotational minutes in the wake of several injuries. 

The Kings could certainly use his defense and activity down the stretch, but he has yet to prove himself a trustworthy rotational player in the biggest moments.