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30Q: Can Jahmi’us Ramsey earn a spot in the rotation?

After a strong Summer League, how do the Kings find an opportunity for the team’s youngest player?

Jahmi’us Ramsey entered last season as one of the NBA’s youngest players, and everyone expected he would be a development project. He appeared in just 94 minutes of game action last season, and didn’t make a strong impression despite a few flashes of shooting and athleticism.

Then Summer League happened. Ramsey showed off an ability to score in a variety of ways, and a defensive tenacity and ability we hadn’t seen previously. Ramsey was a key piece of the Kings Summer League title. And with Ramsey just turning 20 years old in June, his potential is intriguing.

But how will the Kings continue to develop Ramsey? Presumably he’ll spend time in Stockton to ensure he sees playing time, but Ramsey showed enough in Summer League that the Kings may want to try to work him into the regular Sacramento rotation. But as a 6’3” shooting guard, that may be challenging.

The Kings have their primary guards of the future already well established. De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton will likely play the majority of the guard minutes, with Davion Mitchell set to be the third guard. As long as Buddy Hield is around, he’ll also command significant playing time.

It’s hard to see a path for Ramsey to play anything more than garbage time minutes barring injuries or trades. But perhaps those garbage time minutes are enough for now. Ramsey can continue to gain NBA experience a little at a time.

One thing is for sure: after his performance in Summer League, I’ll be a lot more excited to watch what Ramsey can do in whatever minutes he gets.

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HongKongKingsFan
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September 12, 2021 9:12 am

Ramsey is the future star of this team……..

I really like his ability to drive into the lane, unlike someone, he is not afraid for contact with opponents, and he can finish some tough basket with contact is definitely a welcome sight to see….also, he can lock down those corner 3………

We need to find some minutes for him to spend with the main team……….or at least let him play him 35+ mins in G-League.

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September 12, 2021 4:04 pm

Ramsey may not make the team.

Kingsguru21
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September 12, 2021 9:22 am

No. Probably not.

RighteousandHopeful
September 12, 2021 11:18 am

With Terence Davis, who I like a lot, on the Kings, I see Ramsey getting a lot of PT and development at Stockton. Ramsey ultimately will be a better NBA scorer, I reckon.

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September 12, 2021 11:50 am

Seeing how he’s currently the 17th guard on the depth chart, probably not. He, Woodard, King, Queta, and Terry should get the lion’s share of minutes in Stockton.

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September 12, 2021 12:48 pm

He’ll have the chance to earn a spot if we do end up trading for Ben Simmons. That trade likely means two of Haliburton, Hield, and Mitchell leave (my money is on the latter two), and, assuming we start Simmons alongside Fox, and in this case Haliburton, there are a few openings from the bench guard spot. Factor in injuries, and he could see significant, if inconsistent time.

Of course, Luke Walton is coaching for his job, so any bench minutes will probably go to someone more established like Terrance Davis.

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September 12, 2021 4:59 pm

He’ll get a few opportunities from injuries, plus there will likely be times that COVID protocols prevent some guard or wing from playing. He’s seems strong enough to play 1-3 for the most part, but getting some time at the 2 between to Mitchell and Davis or King would be his best position.

Really, it depends on how long Hield remains on the team. Due to the Kings lacking a real backup SF (personally, my favorite outcome is that Louis the King is that “diamond in rough” we’ve deserved to find for so long), other players like Hield and Davis get pushed to play more SF opening up time at SG.

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September 12, 2021 6:03 pm
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I wish he had Louis Kings size.

murraytant
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September 12, 2021 6:02 pm

I don’t think he gets a regular rotation spot this year at all. Stockton yes, Sac, no.
In LVSL, the announcers kept touting his “good size for the position”. That is actually not the case at all. At best, in a year or two he becomes a poor man’s Lou Williams. He does asset himself on D, he does score from 3 levels and he does drive to the hoop and make his FT’s. But consistency and ability to do this in the real NBA is a question.
I have hope, but not expectations.

NorCalKingsFan
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September 12, 2021 6:16 pm
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I think the announcers were referring to his bulk and not his height, he’s pretty big across the shoulders and chest (reminds me in appearance to that of a young Westbrook). He looks strong, like a football player playing basketball and he’s still only 20 so he may not be done growing.

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September 12, 2021 10:27 pm

With the current lineup of guards, I doubt he’ll play in Sac. Better to give him minutes in Stockton. if we lose a couple guards due to injury or covid, then bring him up. It’s a 45 minute drive.

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September 13, 2021 8:29 am

My goal in life is to find someone who loves me as much as Kings fans love late first and second round picks!

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September 13, 2021 8:38 am

He’ll be a starter, day 1. In Stockton.

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September 13, 2021 6:45 pm

Here we go again with the numerous discussion and hopes based on fringe NBA players.

What will happen when the Kangz get a roster full of legitimate NBA players?

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