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30Q: Is Louis King ready to contribute in Sacramento?

The Kings need more depth at the wing spot, and Louis King looked great in Las Vegas Summer League - is he ready for meaningful NBA minutes?

With training camp soon approaching and no blockbuster deal yet on the books, the Sacramento Kings roster is stuffed with guards and bigs -and, as seems to be the case every year, has a bit less depth when it comes to wings and forwards. While Harrison Barnes (as well as the dawn of the three guard De’Aaron Fox-Davion Mitchell-Tyrese Haliburton lineup) demands obvious minutes, the depth behind Barnes is less than ideal. Only 3 of the Kings 19 man training camp roster can answer yes to the question “can he play traditional small forward?” - Barnes, veteran Mo Harkless, and 21-year old Louis King.

The 6'8 King is back for a second season on a two-way contract with Sacramento, and is coming off a promising Summer League. After being mostly invisible in the California Classic, King had an strong run in Las Vegas, scoring 14.6 points a game and knocking down 45% of his three pointers. He showcased movement shots, shots off the bounce, and a few highlight transition dunks. He was also fast and aggressive on defense, finishing with a team high 3.2 steals (an impressive feat, considering he was playing on a team with Davion Mitchell). He had 24 points, 4 three pointers, and 5 steals in the Summer League title win, earning himself the Championship game MVP award.

We’ve seen this script before - an unheralded prospect comes to Sacramento and shows some early promise. It didn’t work out in recent years for Troy Williams, DaQuan Jeffries, or Justin James, who all failed to carve out meaningful roles. But in a league that demands versatile forward talent, smart teams should keep taking as many gambles as possible on upside wing players like Louis King. Sacramento could have a real, meaningful role for a shooter like King this season if he’s ready for it.

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1951
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September 13, 2021 9:02 am

1951

 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!

Update: Add undrafted signings please!

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September 13, 2021 9:26 am
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Thanks! It’s been a big morning for me. You, writing this for me and Frank Caliendo wishing me a happy Monday!

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September 14, 2021 7:49 am
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If you can’t be with the one you love…

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September 13, 2021 9:14 am

I mean, he is a King technically, so…………yes?
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September 13, 2021 9:44 am

Maybe not right away, but he’ll get a chance due to injuries (if Barnes or Harkless sit, he’s basically a necessity), then it’s up to him to make the most of it.

Last edited 1 year ago by MaybeNextYear
bearcatjack
September 13, 2021 9:52 am

Like before Walton and is tunnel vision did nothing to give Woodard a chance to succeed He played Harkless all the time. If he does this again with King then what’s the point.

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September 13, 2021 10:23 am

So I know he doesn’t seem particularly ready to get minutes, but shouldn’t we include Robert Woodard among those who could play traditional small forward?

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September 13, 2021 3:07 pm
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Woodard is not an NBA player ! Move on please as King might be !

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September 13, 2021 6:48 pm
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At one point do we expect the team to move on from fringe players instead of hang on to them?

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September 13, 2021 10:27 am

I think he is ready to contribute to the big club. As long as he sticks to his strengths (shoot open 3’s and defend at a high level), I believe he can give you a solid 10-15 mins per night especially with our lack of wings on the roster.

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September 13, 2021 12:12 pm

I guess we’ve reached that part of the summer where we are left to discuss the potential impact by a two-way player on a bad basketball team. I wish Monte would give us something else to discuss.

All kidding aside, I see him much in the Ramsey role. The only way he’s getting impactful minutes is if someone is injured or a major trade blows up the roster ahead of him. I expect he’ll spend the majority of his time in Stockton.

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September 13, 2021 2:55 pm
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I guess we’ve reached that part of the summer where we are left to discuss the potential impact by a two-way player on a bad basketball team. 

You were kidding??? On the most clear eyed comment of the past three months?

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September 13, 2021 12:24 pm

Given the lack of wing depth, I’d like to see him compete for minutes with Harkless. King is three years removed from being a McDonald’s All American and has performed well when given the opportunity. His career has been adversely impacted by injuries. If there is a profile for a guy that could fly under the radar and then become a solid NBA contributor or better, it’s King. Good wing size, can shoot, is athletic, and as shown a willingness to defend. He performed well in the (very) limited opportunities he’s been given in Sacramento.
See how he does in training camp and then go from there, but there is certainly reason to believe in King, more so than many of the other 2nd rounders fans have fallen in love with (Skal, JJ, Kyle Guy, Woodard, Jefferies).

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September 13, 2021 6:57 pm
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Kyle Guy > Bagley

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September 13, 2021 10:13 pm
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How much is being a [fasfood chain] All American worth?

Serious question. I understand that bigger, athletic players look nice and shiny on the highschool level, but what percentage of these All Americans turn out to be good NBA players?

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September 13, 2021 12:48 pm

Rooting for him to make it, and if he does that’d be a cool jersey to get

Sacramento Kings on front

King on back

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September 13, 2021 12:49 pm

Long live the King!
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September 13, 2021 12:53 pm
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King Louie is ready to par-tay.
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September 13, 2021 1:25 pm

It may be sooner than later that Sacramento needs Louis King to contribute, considering Barnes is typically a 4 for the Kings and Harkless hasn’t eclipsed 80 games since 2013.
Fresh off that summer league MVP, if King emerged this year it would be nice validation of our scouting and player development folks…

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September 13, 2021 4:10 pm
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Harkless hasn’t eclipsed 80 games since 2013.

That makes him Cal Ripken compared to Bagley…

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September 13, 2021 7:00 pm
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82 games in a season. I will take Harkless….

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September 13, 2021 1:41 pm

I doubt it. No franchise in the NBA believes he is a sure fire star-
it is possible for a wing to be a late bloomer but I can’t think of any examples now. Usually the bigs and PG’s come along slowly.
He does have some skill but seems pretty emotional and jagged. He gets too down when he misses and too up when he makes. Needs to act like he has been there before. and get some calmness.
He will play in Stockton for the most part and may get some injury minutes but I don’t expect much.

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September 13, 2021 1:50 pm

Not a lot to talk about! Appreciate the hard work anyway, Bryant! Bring on the Kangz!!!

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September 13, 2021 1:50 pm

I’d like to have him split time evenly with Mo as the back up to Barnes. Give them 20 games, then pick one to be the primary back up.

Last edited 1 year ago by Mike120
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September 13, 2021 4:52 pm

YES !!!!!!!

Louis King is the second future star of this team..there is no way not to play him significant minutes.

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September 13, 2021 6:51 pm

Time to flush all of the maybes out of the system. Bring in more maybes to find one definite.

Real NBA teams do this quickly. Get picked up by the Kangz and you are guaranteed a decade of pay bouncing around as a maybe.

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