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Sacramento Kings Preseason Preview with Jerry Reynolds

Jerry Reynolds shares his thoughts and expectations for the 2021 Sacramento Kings preseason.

The Kings Herald Show featuring Jerry Reynolds, Will Griffith, and Tony Xypteras returns to talk Sacramento Kings preseason basketball. We've got expectations, predictions, lineup notes, rotation talk, goals, and everything else you'd expect in a preview of something.

Timestamps:
  • (2:00) What does a GM and head coach look for in the preseason?
  • (3:15) What should we expect from more established players like Fox and Haliburton in the preseason?
  • (4:00) Do preseason expectations change for less established players?
  • (5:30) How important is the 2021 preseason for Marvin Bagley?
  • (8:55) Should Kings fans buy into the training camp hype?
  • (12:00) Will Monte McNair look to make a big move before the season starts?
  • (16:00) Is this roster well balanced like Monte McNair suggests?
  • (20:00) How much of the three guard lineups will we actually see this season?
  • (27:20) What can we expect from Davion Mitchell in his rookie season?
  • (39:10) How good can Tyrese Haliburton be?
  • (43:40) What would make this a successful season for the Sacramento Kings?

One quick note on the audio this week – we had some issues towards the beginning of the show with the recording. We tried cleaning it up as best we could, and it gets better as the show goes on, but yeah. It's there. Apologies. We'll do better next time.

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catterj
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October 6, 2021 9:17 am

Good show.

When Tony said he did not know whether Buddy would be better defending 3’s, talked about how his strength might help at the 3, and about how Buddy might be better at defending the 3 (though this was very non-committal), I immediately doubted it. I thought it made a lot of sense that Buddy would be worse defending the 3 than he is defending the 2.

But then I decided to see if lineup data might be able to prove my thought or at least shed a little light. I looked at 3-man lineups to find the defensive rating for a couple different groups:

  • Fox, Buddy, Barnes (1350 min) – 116.6
  • Fox, Tyrese, Hield (643 min) – 116.5
  • Fox, Tyrese, Barnes (727 min) – 113.3
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First thing apparent is that putting Tyrese in for Buddy improves the defense at least for three man lineups. But when comparing Barnes at the 3 with supposedly Buddy at the 3, they are nearly identical in Drtg. Barnes may be playing the 4 in the Fox, Tyrese, Hield lineups but that’s still Buddy or Tyrese, a guard, at the 3.

So maybe I’m wrong. We’ll apparently see more of Buddy or Tyrese at the 3 with Buddy at the 2 this season, so I guess we’ll find out.

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October 6, 2021 9:21 am

Fun fact: The Athletic has Bagley’s contract extension value at 4 years, $20M. That’s $20M total, not per year, for all you MB3 fans out there.

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October 6, 2021 9:25 am
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Oof. That’s a couple million less than league average.

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October 6, 2021 9:40 am
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October 6, 2021 10:57 am
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Do you trust John Hollinger’s assessments? He also has Mikal Bridges as a 31.25 million a year player. Is that right?

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October 6, 2021 11:02 am
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His BORD calculations seem really off with certain players. DiVincenzo as an almost 25 million a year player seem unusually high. Okogie seems high. Brunson too. Mitchell Robinson seems really low.

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October 6, 2021 11:04 am
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538 has Bagley at 5 years, $40 million, which seems about right, and possibly even low if he improves at all this season.

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October 6, 2021 11:20 am
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Can’t imagine anyone offering Marv a five-year deal with his injury history. My guess is he signs a one-year thinking he can increase his value. But he very likely descends into Cousins territory, struggling to find a min contract on a new team every year. If he can get 5/40, he should jump on it.

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