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30Q: What is Terence Davis’ role this season?

With the additions of Huerter and Monk, finding a spot for Terence Davis could be tricky.

The Sacramento Kings had a desperate need for shooting heading into this offseason in order to ideally complement centerpieces De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis on the offensive end. General Manager Monte McNair seems to have solved that issue by adding Kevin Huerter and Malik Monk, seemingly leaving Terence Davis II on the outside looking in. His rotational opportunity at the start of the year may be scarce, but the internal competition should be healthy for all involved.

What it comes down to is that Huerter and Monk are undeniably more proven at this point in their careers. They both played upwards of 2000 minutes for their respected teams last year while converting a matching 41.9 percent of their catch-and-shoot three-point attempts. Meanwhile, Davis has played 1,610 minutes throughout the previous two seasons combined and is the oldest of the group, albeit by a slim margin.

Monk will likely function solely as a two-guard, but Huerter (6’7”) has the ability to play up, as does Davis, who’s spent nearly 41 percent of his career at the three, per basketball-reference.

With the backup three unclear after either Harrison Barnes or Keegan Murray, I suspect that will be the key to Terence Davis finding consistent opportunity under head coach Mike Brown. He could function in a three-guard set alongside Monk or take the opposing two when thrown out there with Huerter. KZ Okpala and Kent Bazemore are the other primary candidates, but Davis is a far superior shooter.

Throughout his career, Davis has converted 36 percent of his three-point shots on four attempts per game and has had his moments positively contributing on the defensive end. Prior to going down in Boston, where he suffered a right wrist ECU tendon that ended his year last season, Davis had started the previous three games and played at least 30 minutes each night. 

Former interim head coach Alvin Gentry was undeniably in search of anyone that could help bring the team out of their horrendous downward spiral, but that shouldn’t discredit their willingness to look in Davis’s direction. Yet, it’s worth noting that the context will be drastically different this coming season with a new coaching staff along with the additions of Monk, Huerter, Murray, Okpala, Bazemore, and even Chima Moneke.

While Davis may be the oldest of Sacramento’s shooting guards at the current moment, viewing him as a finished product is probably irresponsible. It’s certainly not out of the question for a 25-year-old who is entering his fourth NBA season to improve his game by a notable margin. 

He could progress into something closer to a 40 percent shooter from beyond the arc. His handle could have improved this offseason and his self-creation ability with it. Maybe a jump comes on the defensive end with improved lateral movement or a better understanding and recognition of needed rotations. 

Any significant growth would assumedly secure him a nightly spot in the rotation. For now, the big question surrounding Terence Davis’ opportunity this coming season seems to revolve around how comfortable Mike Brown feels about Sacramento’s defensive ability in small-ball lineups and how Davis performs in spotty opportunities early on. For streaky players like Davis, inconsistent opportunity and not being given the leeway to get into a rhythm can be tough, but he will have to overcome that.

Will he be asked to play 10-15 minutes per night coming out of camp or will he start the year on the outside looking in? Could he be viewed as a trade piece in an attempt to balance out the roster? It’s a good problem for Sacramento to have. A player of Terence Davis’ caliber at the end of your rotation, or even as potential injury assurance, is a luxury Sacramento is not accustomed to but one they likely benefit from. 

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Socalpurplecurse
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September 10, 2022 3:25 pm

He can back up Barnes and play 3 guard sets. One thing is for certain, we have a healthy rotation of ball creators and shooters. Regardless of his career 36% 3 pt shooting, he is someone that can catch fire buddy held style without the 4th quarter stupidity. Gotta play your best 8-9 players and I’d rank him 8th.

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September 10, 2022 4:24 pm

The only way I can figure him 8th is that you rank him better than Holmes. Is that right?

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September 11, 2022 11:00 am

Well said.

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September 10, 2022 3:39 pm

I would personally put Terence Davis as the backup small forward. Barnes is going to start in that role. Huerter will probably get some minutes there, but his primary position will be shooting guard. Monk will take most of the backup shooting guard minutes and Davion will too. I think Davis will end up playing some SF when Huerter takes a rest. Here is a rotation I made up at The Hoops Geek website: link. Davion has to get more minutes somehow, but that’s the best I could do. It probably will also be a 9-man not a 10-man, so I would not have Lyles in, but I don’t know how to structure a 9-man.

Davis shot 42.3% from the field and 32.9% from three last year which are not ideal for his role. But, for some reason I don’t understand, he killed it with offensive rating, defensive rating, and net rating. And his on/off for those was tremendous. His offensive rating was 113.4, best on the team. His offensive rating on/off was +4.9 which is pretty good. His defensive rating was 109. Only Queta and Jackson were better of anyone who played anything close to meaningful minutes. His defensive rating on/off was -6.4, very good. His net rating was therefore +4.4 and net rating on/off 11.3. The raw net rating is best on the team after Woodard who played too few minutes. The on/off is ridiculously good.

I can’t really figure out why those particular stats played out to make him look like a Dream Teamer, but I’d definitely like to see Davis played some this season to find out if it was just noise or find that he can really bring something.

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September 10, 2022 4:24 pm
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I would love to see him emerge as a consistent offensive threat and defensive presence. He was pretty good at Toronto but not good enough to keep. And pretty good here for two years but not good enough. (Injuries had a negative effect))
I would like him to get really good and make some of the other pretty good players expendable, but I suspect he will be the pretty good while Huerter and Monk will be the really good. That said, trading two pretty good players for a really good one is always a great move.
The minutes discussions are great. But they leave off the minutes lost due to injury. He may have to show up there.

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September 10, 2022 4:26 pm

Hopefully trade bait. I have a really hard time rooting for the guy.

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September 10, 2022 4:31 pm

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September 10, 2022 11:22 pm
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Swaggy P Lite, without the added comedy of fear of dolphins.

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September 10, 2022 4:59 pm

I think he is the odd man out with the additions of Monk and Huerter. I also don’t buy the notion that is can play SF. IMO, if he is getting SF minutes in a very small lineup, then the Kings are grasping at straws. He’s a combo guard so any minutes at the 3 are a stretch.

Keep in mind, he’d likely have to beat out Barnes, Huerter, and Bazemore to get minutes at the three. He’s an injury reserve at best.

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September 10, 2022 6:01 pm
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I believe he can play the 3 behind Barnes. He is kind of a player that can produce quickly and he can shoot, rebound and play defense. How many minutes he gets depends on Barnes and who he has to play against. IMO he is better than Bazemore. I really like Davis and it just might be his time to really improve his overall game.

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September 11, 2022 6:57 am
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He can shoot, rebound and play defense? Really? You just described an all star.

He’s an inconsistent shooter. He doesn’t play well within the confines of a team offense. He plays decent on ball defense but off ball he’s confused and well below average. He occasionally snags a few rebounds but his rebounding ability is insignificant. Over an 82 game season he is a role playing bench player who will get minutes occasionally to spell players and be okay in that role. As far as this being the time he will really improve his overall game, I think that time has past and a 9th or 10th bench player will be at best his likely role for the preponderance of his career.

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September 11, 2022 7:15 am
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Okay then trade him. I was not trying to make him an all star. Thanks for tour comment.

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September 11, 2022 8:47 am
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I guess if a player actually shoots a ball, gets a rebound, and plays defense they are hall of fame material?

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September 11, 2022 6:43 pm
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You’re welcome, but why would we trade such a well rounded player like that. I mean guys that can shoot, rebound and play defense are not that plentiful on our roster. We should do really well having a guy with all star qualities at the end of our bench.

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September 10, 2022 9:23 pm
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He’s a combo guard? He plays a combination of point guard and shooting guard? I thought he was more of a shooting guard that could get shoehorned into small forward if the roster demanded it (as with the Kings).

Barnes is starting at SF but will likely play some PF minutes. Most people think Huerter will start at SG, but will play some minutes at SF. But starting at SG and playing a good amount there doesn’t leave much time to play SF. I guess one could create a 9 man lineup with Huerter subbing out early for Davion, then coming back in as SF when Murray sits and Barnes shifts to PF. Something like that.

But if the rotation is more typical, yeah it’s between Bazemore and Davis to play a lot of the minutes for backup SF. Per DraftExpress Bazemore was only 6’3.75″ tall without shoes at the time of the draft, but Davis was a flat 6’3″. Bazemore had an impressive 6’11.5″ wingspan, but Davis had a 6’8.75″ wingspan. Both have the length to play small forward. However, Bazemore is 33 while Davis is 25. Maybe it will be one of those battles in camp throughout the season if one is slumping. I would roll with Davis to start it out.

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September 11, 2022 8:24 am
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You’re right, he’s not getting minutes at PG. Combo guard is the wrong term to use.

Still, I don’t want to see him as SF. I’d contest that if he is getting minutes there then it’s not a good thing for the Kings. That would likely mean he is on the court with two of Fox, Monk, and/or Mitchell. That’s a really small lineup that you would only play to match another team’s really small lineup. I suppose it would happen from time to time, but not too often.

Just looking at the type of minutes TD has had in the past (when healthy), he’s averaged 17MPG for his career. I don’t see how he gets that with the current Kings roster. Injuries can change things, but when there is a healthy roster, his numbers are likely going to be reduced and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some DNP/CD. Right now, I have him about 10th to 11th man in the rotation, slotted around around Metu and Bazemore on the depth chart.

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September 10, 2022 9:07 pm

His role is to earn his part of a trade to return a player the Kings need.

Show his value to another team is all he has to do.

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September 11, 2022 9:40 am

He’s a good option at backup SF, competing with Okpala and Moneke for those minutes.

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