Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

Arron Afflalo (hamstring) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Wolves.

The Kings are likely to play it safe with the veteran, especially since they have no incentive to rush his return. Ben McLemore is playing well, and the Kings just acquired Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans, so there's simply no upside here.
Feb 26 - 10:01 PM

Ben McLemore scored a team-high 18 points against the Hornets during a 99-85 loss on Saturday, adding two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers.

He played a team-high 33 minutes in this blowout loss. The Kings couldn't crack 20 points in the first and third quarter to put this game out of reach in the fourth. McLemore has clearly taken advantage of injuries to Garrett Temple (hamstring) and Arron Afflalo (hamstring), but he may be able to keep his minutes with the Kings rebuilding. He's still only a deep-league pickup due to a lack of versatility on the stat sheet.
Feb 25 - 8:27 PM

Tyreke Evans started against the Hornets on Saturday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 22 minutes.

It was likely a matchup-based move for coach Dave Joerger because of Nicolas Batum. Garbage time did keep Evans' minutes down today, but he did play 16 minutes in the first half. Perhaps the Kings won't be limiting 'Reke as much as the Pelicans. The trade looks like a win for him, but he's likely going to be more of a late-round guy.
Feb 25 - 8:22 PM

Anthony Tolliver scored 11 points with four rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers against the Hornets on Saturday.

It's starting to feel like he's just keeping the seat warm for Skal Labissiere. Tolliver did also hurt his head in the first half, but he was fine and stayed in the game. Assuming you're not dying for treys from a power forward, he's not a fantasy option for the rebuilding Kings.
Feb 25 - 8:18 PM

Ty Lawson scored four points in 23 minutes off the bench with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer against the Hornets on Saturday.

The Kings couldn't go small in this game because the Hornets have too much size on the wings with Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Before the game, coach Dave Joerger did talk about how he likes going smaller more often to help get more space and get Lawson in the lane. He should perform better than this most nights, but he's only a deep-league guy. Plus, Garrett Temple and Arron Afflalo returning would hurt him.
Feb 25 - 8:16 PM

Buddy Hield scored 15 points with one rebound, two assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

He actually had some decent offensive possessions with a couple nice drives to break down defenses. Hield is playing two positions for the Kings in a variety of lineups, playing in 15 different combinations in his two games. He's still not doing much outside of scoring and that probably won't change, so he's more of a points league or a deep league guy in fantasy.
Feb 25 - 8:11 PM

Langston Galloway played 12 minutes with one rebound and one assist in his Kings debut on Saturday.

He saw minutes in the first half, so it wasn't all garbage time. Galloway is still buried on the depth chart and has almost no fantasy value.
Feb 25 - 8:08 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein was on the other end of the spectrum on Saturday night, missing all five attempts from the field and making both free throws for two points with two rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 28 minutes.

Obviously he wasn't going to score 29 like he did on Thursday night. The Hornets did a great job of keeping Cauley-Stein away from establishing low position, which is something most teams will be doing. Trill won't be a big-time scorer anyway, but at least he had the three blocks and plenty of minutes as a consolation prize. He's still a hold in standard leagues.
Feb 25 - 8:03 PM

Skal Labissiere grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against the Hornets on Saturday, adding eight points, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes.

He played nine minutes in the first half and the final 14 minutes with this game getting into garbage time. Labissiere looks to be the power forward of the future for the Kings with Anthony Tolliver as his main competition for minutes. After his career-high 12 points on Thursday, he's shown off as a scorer in the past two games with some catch-and-shoot to go with putting it on the floor. Skal is clearly trending up and is already worth a look in 16-team leagues.
Feb 25 - 7:58 PM

Garrett Temple (hamstring) did some shooting before Saturday's game.

According to the Kings broadcast, Temple worked up a good sweat and did a full conditioning workload. He also said he wasn't feeling any lingering pain from his hamstring. That suggests Temple could be coming back early next month. He's still not worth stashing in most leagues.
Feb 25 - 6:03 PM

Ty Lawson will move to the bench on Saturday against the Hornets.

He should still get some decent minutes as a backup point guard and maybe even some minutes next to Darren Collison. Lawson will likely lose playing time at some point once Arron Afflalo, Malachi Richardson or Garrett Temple return. Lawson isn't a great player to own beyond next week.
Feb 25 - 4:59 PM

Tyreke Evans will start and Ty Lawson will move to the bench against the Hornets on Saturday.

It makes sense against the bigger Nicolas Batum at shooting guard. A good game from Evans could help him earn more minutes, but the Kings are not likely to extend him past 30 minutes due to his injury history. He should still be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 25 - 4:57 PM

Garrett Temple (left hamstring) will not play on Saturday vs. the Hornets.

He still doesn't have a timetable to return even though he was scheduled to be re-evaluated after the All-Star break. Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield and Ben McLemore will benefit the most in his absence (in that order).
Feb 25 - 2:07 AM

Arron Afflalo (hamstring) will not play on Saturday vs. the Hornets.

This will be his second straight game on the shelf. With Afflalo out again, the Kings will use more two-PG lineups and will keep giving the bulk of the wing minutes to Buddy Hield, Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans. Afflalo belongs on the wire.
Feb 25 - 1:49 AM

Skal Labissiere will stay with the Kings and will not play for the Reno Big Horns on Friday.

In other words, he's earned a rotation spot with the Kings and should see minutes on Saturday. Labissiere turned in a gem with a career-high 12 points on Thursday, including some solid effort on the defensive end. Considering Anthony Tolliver is likely his biggest roadblock, we should see Labissiere get closer to 20 minutes against the Hornets.
Feb 24 - 4:17 PM


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