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Sacramento Kings Preseason Review with Jerry Reynolds | TKHS Episode 4

The Kings Herald Show featuring Jerry Reynolds is back with a review of the 2020-21 Sacramento Kings preseason.

Episode 4 of The Kings Herald Show featuring Jerry Reynolds is live! Jerry, Will, and Tony reviewed the Sacramento Kings preseason this week, including the NBA debut of Tyrese Haliburton, the return of Marvin Bagley, the struggles of De'Aaron Fox, and the emergence of Kyle Guy.

The Kings Herald Show featuring Jerry Reynolds, episode 4:

Timestamps:

  • (1:30) General observations about the how the Kings played in the preseason.
  • (7:00) Is there any reason to be worried about De'Aaron Fox after a rough preseason performance?
  • (12:30) Did Kyle Guy earn regular season minutes with his strong preseason play?
  • (17:30) How did Buddy Hield look in his return to the starting lineup?
  • (24:30) Did any bench players perform above expectations?
  • (36:00) Regular season predictions
  • (52:00) NBA award predictions

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kings4ever
December 22, 2020 11:48 am

Great show guys! I agree with 80-90% of your takes.

Tony, your point about Holmes and Bagley as starters did seem to close off the paint to Fox and contribute to his woeful pre-season. This is something we will have to watch.

But the answer is not Bjelica at the 4, a non-rotational washed up player, it is moving Barnes to 4, Buddy to 3, and Hali to 2 and Whiteside as a starter.

Jerry suggested Bjelica guarding 5 on defense, playing Marvin at 5 on offense as a way to open up the paint for Fox? I love you JR, but c’mon now!

I appreciate the candor you guys offer on the show, not afraid to offer critique, but so far Bjelica has gotten a pass for being one of the worst defenders in the NBA, probablt the worst.

He lost a step from last year and that was when he was already a step slow. This guy is so bad defensively and he is conspucious by his ineptitude I am surprised it did not garner a mention!

Terrible keeping his man in front of him, slow on rotations, and now settling for quick trigger 3s well behind the 3 point line, the guy is past his expiration date.

The more Bjelica and Joseph are allowed minutes in the rotation, the sooner this season is another woebegone regret.

It is refreshing to hear analysts admit they were misguided and appreciate you saying so about Whiteside. It takes a man to admit he was wrong! I admit the same about Woodward. I thought he could be a rotational player for us, and instead he looks like a project, a PF and not a SF unless he improves his agility and shot.

I guess you guys taped the show before Metu was waived. Horrible move! We kept Justin James on the roster, a non-NBA player for a very good prospect like Metu?! Why are you trying to save “pennies” when your budget is in the millions?!

I want to believe in this new GM but this move is unfortunate.

Now maybe they had to waive Metu so they could resign him as a 2-way??? I don’t know but why should we invest in Justin James when the guy is obviously too small and too unskilled to have any chance???

What is the point of recognizing talent like Metu if you are NOT going to invest and nurture in it just to reserve a roster spot for never-was and never-will-be?

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Nardell
December 22, 2020 12:03 pm
Reply to  kings4ever

Totally agree with your criticism of Bjelly, but imo, Bagleys gotta be the one that starts.

Carl
December 22, 2020 1:33 pm
Reply to  kings4ever

so far Bjelica has gotten a pass for being one of the worst defenders in the NBA, probablt the worst.

Statistically, Bagley is a worse defender than Bjelica. The Kings were 2 points better defensively with Bjelica off the floor last season. They were 5.8 points better with Bagley off the floor. They were 2.4 points better defensively with Bagley off the floor in his rookie season.

Also, Bjelica was eighth in the NBA in three point percentage and his assist percentage is three times Bagley’s, who is statistically one of the worst passers in the NBA, and depending on the stat you use, in the history of the NBA.

I’m not arguing that Bjelica isn’t going to drop off. Everyone does at some point. But there is no statistical evidence to backup your claims.

All that being said, Bagley needs to start and play as many minutes as he possibly can, because the team needs to see what it has. Bjelica being the far better player today doesn’t matter. This team isn’t trying to win games.

Last edited 3 months ago by Carl
Otis
December 23, 2020 8:10 am
Reply to  kings4ever

Your Bjelica thing is weird.

MichaelMack
December 22, 2020 12:02 pm

I have been loving this podcast, genuinely entertaining and insightful.

Timmy_13
December 22, 2020 12:14 pm

We should just go with a full youth movement. Not only will we lose more games, we can open our roster for potential trades for Hassan, Barnes, Buddy, Holmes, Bjelly, and Cojo.

Obviously Barnes would be hard to trade but he can be the obligatory #veteranpresence™.

I also am aware Walton will most likely try and win as much games as he can as he realizes he is somewhat in a hot seat. This would be a potential problem since we will be stuck in an endless loop of mediocrity (I know we have but pertaining to this specific rebuild). I think Fox is not that guy because I think he is more of a Mike Conley type of player. Not a superstar but a great player and occasional all-star in his own right.

If De’Aaron is our best player moving forward, our ceiling might be the Zbo-Gasol-Conley Grizzlies. Not particularly bad but not good enough to win the chip.

Carl
December 22, 2020 1:37 pm
Reply to  Timmy_13

The only problem is that Fox would have to improve, and we’d still have to find a ZBo and Gasol to be that good!

Timmy_13
December 22, 2020 2:44 pm
Reply to  Carl

Agreed Carl! Hopefully we find a superstar type player in the draft and having Fox as secondary or even tertiary scorer would be really nice to have.

andy_sims
December 22, 2020 4:17 pm
Reply to  Timmy_13

So the idea is to flip these guys for assets, but not to let them play to create a market for such trades?

I think if Buddy gets back to what he does well, he’ll become a target for contenders this season or next, because a guy who shoots 41% from three becomes a bargain on his deal. Barnes isn’t flashy, but he produces consistently, and doesn’t need to be shoved out the door if something decent isn’t coming back, whether that’s a pick or someone on a rookie deal. If he remains for the rest of his contract, he’ll eventually be supplanted, and there are worse things than having HB on your bench, available for minutes when needed.

The rest of the guys don’t have a whole lot of money invested in them beyond this season, aside from Cojo’s guarantee. Holmes would be the only one I’d be interested in retaining at that point, but if he shoots decent numbers from distance, that might increase his value out beyond what makes sense.

There are lot of moving parts, but also a lot of ways that this could aid the rebuild, even if it means taking on salary, if the deal is right. I believe the guy running the show can see beyond the end of his nose, and can do his job without sentimentality in order to improve things. So, let’s pick up an asset or two in the next draft, and see what’s what seven months from now.

Carl
December 22, 2020 5:38 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

I feel like Barnes gets far too much credit. Great person, and I’m sure a good locker room guy and influence, but Barnes is not a good NBA player. He’s OK, and he’s eating more than 20% of the cap. I think you could replace his statistical contributions at the midlevel or less, so if you can flat out salary dump him, you should.

I get that the team needs stay at the minimum salary, and there’s some value in what he does off the court and in the locker room. But there may be significant trade value to be had in leaving that salary free. Overpaying by $10+ million per season just seems like bad asset management.

Kingsguru21
December 23, 2020 6:42 am
Reply to  Carl

Grass cutters who can’t smoke out gophers properly are not allowed to use terms like asset management. FYI.

Seriously though, here’s the issue I have with moving on from those guys quickly: Where is that money going to go and how will it be used more effectively? Easy to say. Very tough to pull off in actuality.

That money has to be used somehow. Just because we’re tired of Buddy’s mouthy bitchy voodoo doll and his inability to morph into Ray Allen doesn’t mean he should be jettisoned for 10 cents on the dollar.

Patience Spackler. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will be good Sacramento Kings asset management.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kingsguru21
Gregoryl
December 22, 2020 1:20 pm

Obviously, a much less impressive podcast than TKHS, with much less qualified host/guest, but Woj interviewed Monte for his new podcast. Starting to listen now.

Kingsguru21
December 22, 2020 9:02 pm

Jerry made a great point, as GOAT’s are wont to do, about the Dubs and their shooting beyond just taking and making 3’s. They also took 18 footers, and they were especially adept at getting to the rim. They had a great offense because they took open shots, I wish the Kings knew which shots they were great at making and work for those shots. De’Aaron Fox is a perfect example: Taking 7 3’s a night is not a good idea. But, taking an 18 footer 5-7 times a night is not necessarily a bad thing for De’Aaron especially since so many of them (90% maybe?) are wide open.

Great podcast, and I’m still not even close to finishing yet.

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