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Kings Pulse: Bagley’s progress, Woodard/Ramsey update, & Jalen Johnson draft profile

An episode full of needed rants about Robert Woodard, Jahmi'us Ramsey, and Duke's Jalen Johnson.

The Sacramento Kings have now lost seven straight games, and there is no reason to keep talking about their historically horrible defense and its shortcomings.

In a search for silver linings, Marvin Bagley's play stands out and we dive into what has been different in this promising stretch of games that we have seen from him.

De'Aaron Fox seems to check out of games and have a wavering sense of urgency and aggressiveness. Is this something that should be a long-term concern for the max player?

With roughly half of the G-League bubble (Gubble) regular season being completed, it is time to check in on Robert Woodard II and Jahmi'us Ramsey.

I rant about why Robert Woodard should be recalled to the Sacramento roster and even make the case that he would help the team win games right now with certain skills.

Jahmi'us Ramsey is a more difficult player to understand and I do my best to explain to the fanbase where he is at in this current stage of his career. He is the seventh youngest player in the NBA, by the way.

And to wrap up, Bryant West and I decided it was time to get started on some 2021 draft profiles. Duke's Jalen Johnson opted out of the rest of his college season and is being criticized for that decision. Bryant explains why that is absolutely ridiculous and should not be considered when evaluating what is an already complicated player.

We dive into the 6'9" forward's skillset and how he would fit on the Sacramento roster. Is Johnson a player that would dramatically alter the future direction of this franchise as a crucial piece alongside Fox and Tyrese Haliburton?

What is his projected draft range?

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andy_sims
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February 22, 2021 3:15 pm

I’ve noticed that during the losing streak, there are multiple times per game where Fox breaks down his defender, and speeds to the hoop for fairly easy shots, but tries to dish to another Kings player in the paint. A lot of his turnovers are stemming from this.

Fox has shown what he can do when he centers himself more in the offense by getting to the rim for layups, and still gets good assist numbers. His best asset is speed, and it opens up every other aspect of his game.

Assertive Fox is the best Fox.

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February 22, 2021 5:21 pm

I know it sounds crazy. But, Hali would be a more effective PG for this team then Fox. Hali just sees the floor better, always 2 steps ahead of everyone else, the constant sense of urgency, and has an amazing sense at reading defenses beyond his years. I know it would never happen. But, I would love to see some switching between Hali and Fox. With Hali running the offense half the time. Fox becoming like a combo guard.

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February 22, 2021 6:58 pm
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Reynolds stated that several weeks ago on the Podcast ! Thought Hali was a better playmaker and would make it easier on Fox to score ! Wish Walton would figure it out !

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February 23, 2021 7:52 am
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Why would it never happen and why does it sound crazy? Ty and Fox are interchangeable between the 1 and 2, with Fox having more SG skills and Ty more PG skills , especially surveilling the floor and making the long pass. Two combo guards sharing scoring and playmaking is optimal pairing and that is what we have.

It is also possible that Ty could catch up to Fox in terms of SG skills and breaking down his man one-on-one; he is having the superior rookie year. Comparable growth from Ty could put him ahead of Fox as a scorer. Fox has more explosiveness and burst and juke moves while Ty has more length and feel for pass v shot. How this translates into individual scoring prowess remains to be seen.

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February 23, 2021 8:37 am
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And I would be remiss not add the way Ty has shot the ball from deep over the first 30 games is better than any accuracy Fox has shown over 3 years.

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