Player News - Kings

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JaKarr Sampson has been sent down for a G-League stint.

Sampson was able to see an increased role in the rotation while Willie Cauley-Stein (back) was on the sidelines, but with WCS expected to get back to the court on Tuesday, it would have been tough for Joerger to find minutes for Sampson. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dec 11 - 7:02 PM

George Hill (personal) was a full participant during Monday's practice.

Hill missed Sunday's game against the Raptors for personal reasons, but he should be good to go for Tuesday's game against the Suns. That said, Hill hasn't been worth owning this year as he's locked into a value-killing timeshare situation in Sacramento, and his minutes will likely continue to decline as we get further into the season.
Dec 11 - 5:54 PM

Willie Cauley-Stein (back) got in a full practice on Monday and will be a game-time call for Tuesday's matchup with the Suns.

Head coach Dave Joerger said that WCS "looked good" and even hit the floor a few times during Monday's practice without issue, so it sounds like he'll play on Tuesday night, but we likely won't get official confirmation until just prior to tip-off. With Cauley-Stein back in action, there will be less minutes available for Skal Labissiere and JaKarr Sampson.
Dec 11 - 5:51 PM

Zach Randolph led the Kings again on Sunday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer, but it wasn't enough to beat the visiting Raptors.

Z-Bo went 9-of-11 from the field and he's loving life as an unquestioned go-to scorer. Willie Cauley-Stein has missed three straight games with a strained lower back and we've yet to hear about him ramping up his activity, but even before his exit Z-Bo was on fire. Expect him to light up the Suns on Tuesday.
Dec 10 - 6:58 PM

De'Aaron Fox struggled vs. Toronto on Sunday, committing seven turnovers while scoring six points (3-of-8 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs) with two assists, two steals and one rebound.

George Hill was out tonight for personal reasons, but that did nothing to boost Fox's minutes or production -- he made a series of ugly turnovers in the first half, and committed four fouls in 23 minutes. The Kings are letting him learn on the fly, and unlike other young guys he's not going to the G League, so at least his role is safe going forward.
Dec 10 - 6:58 PM

Skal Labissiere got the start on Sunday, but put up just six points on 2-of-6 shooting, six boards, one assist and one steal in 14 minutes.

After a red-hot stint in the G League, Labissiere continued his disappointing ways as a starter in the NBA. In 10 previous starts, he posted 6.9 points on 38.4% shooting, with little to make up for the inefficiency. Skal is also averaging more minutes (+4.0) and points (+4.0) in the Kings' losses this season -- they've done better when his role is smaller, which doesn't bode well for the near-term.
Dec 10 - 6:57 PM

Garrett Temple started Sunday's game but played only 11 minutes, going scoreless with one steal and four personal fouls.

The Kings fell behind 17-2 to begin the game, at which point Temple's night was basically over. This is life in Sacramento's topsy-turvy rotations, but Temple's dud shouldn't have impacted many owners since he's barely held top-200 value on the season.
Dec 10 - 6:57 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic filled in for George Hill (personal) on Sunday and scored 15 points in 30 minutes of action, making 5-of-10 shots with four 3-pointers.

The Kings rookie had a hollow line, however, adding just one rebound and one assist without any defensive stats. He's shooting with solid percentages this season (44.0% FGs, 83.9% FTs) and is typically a reliable source of steals (1.2 per game), so give him a look if Hill isn't ready to play vs. Phoenix on Tuesday.
Dec 10 - 6:56 PM

JaKarr Sampson shifted to a bench role on Sunday, where he posted 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting, four rebounds, three blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in just 19 minutes.

You can't fault Sampson's per-minute stats or his efforts at either end of the court, and he stood out on a night when the Kings were often stuck in mud. The 24-year-old forward gives coach Dave Joerger and interesting 'x-factor' based on matchups, but it's hard to see him establishing reliable value in season-long leagues.
Dec 10 - 6:55 PM

Justin Jackson returned to the Kings lineup on Sunday with three points, five rebounds, three assists and one block in 33 minutes of action.

The rookie shot just 1-of-7 from the field, but at least his lone make came from downtown. He was returning from a stint in the G League, where he'd averaged 17.3 points, 1.5 triples, 5.5 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals. The Kings should lean hard into player development at some point, but until it happens Jackson is just a luxury stash in deep leagues.
Dec 10 - 6:53 PM

JaKarr Sampson will return to the bench for Sunday's game against Toronto.

Sampson's minutes have been all over the place lately, but head coach Dave Joerger hinted recently that Sampson will be a meaningful part of the rotation in Sacramento. That said, he wasn't worth owning as a starter, and it's unlikely that statement will change with a move to the second unit.
Dec 10 - 3:21 PM

Skal Labissiere will replace Jakarr Sampson in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Raptors.

Labissiere dominated during his two-game stint in the G-League with averages of 28.0 points, 15.5 boards and 5.0 swats per contest, so hopefully, that will get his confidence going and he'll be more effective today. Don't expect such a robust stat line, but Skal could be someone to look at as a low-end streamer in deep leagues.
Dec 10 - 3:18 PM

De'Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Garrett Temple, Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph will start against the Raptors on Sunday.

With George Hill (personal) out, Bogdanovic will be returning to the starting five, although he's played better with the reserves this season so the starter tag doesn't necessarily equate to a boost in value. He's basically just a low-end option in deep leagues for those seeking some triples and steals.

George Hill will miss Sunday's game vs. the Raptors for personal reasons.

Hill has been trending down for weeks and this will give his fantasy owners another reason to move on. He's eligible to be traded next week, so maybe a change of scenery could get him going. With Hill out, both Frank Mason and De'Aaron Fox will play as many minutes as they can handle.
Dec 10 - 1:25 PM

Head coach Dave Joerger hinted that we'll continue to see more of JaKarr Sampson.

"He has a body that we need – an athletic, 6-foot-8 guy who can play a couple of positions," Joerger said. "It’s a little easier for him to stand in front of some versatile dudes, some drivers and some physical guys. He was ready for the moment and I think we’ll be seeing more of him." Sampson did haul in 16 rebounds on Wednesday, but he's still only averaging 4.3 points and 7.0 rebounds over his last three games. He's a low-end source of hustle stats while Willie Cauley-Stein (back) is out, but he belongs on the wire in most formats.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 10 - 11:56 AM


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