Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Willie Cauley-Stein played the game of his life during a 116-100 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring a career-high 29 points with 10 rebounds, one block and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

DeMarcus who? Cauley-Stein showed off some moves in the low post we haven't seen all year. Cauley-Stein was also unassisted for five of his buckets and had three makes outside of the paint, so that's some positive growth as well. He becomes the franchise big man for now and will be playing big minutes as a starter or off the bench. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 24 - 2:11 AM

Buddy Hield scored 16 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

Those 16 points are the second-most he's scored since Jan. 2. Just about everyone ripped the Kings for their trade to land Hield as the centerpiece in the DeMarcus Cousins deal, but the Kings won by 16 while the Pelicans lost by 30 tonight. Trade stuff aside, Hield should be looking at minutes in the low 30s once he gets the offense down, but he's still not doing much outside of scoring. He's more of a points and scoring specialist for now.
Feb 24 - 2:04 AM

Tyreke Evans played 26 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer off the bench.

He played the three for the Kings in this game, but he handled the ball in both halfcourt and in transition. Interestingly, Evans took DeMarcus Cousins' old locker and vice versa in New Orleans. The Kings also going to Evans for 26 minutes right out of the gate is an encouraging sign for his playing time going forward. He is injury prone, but Evans is worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 24 - 1:59 AM

Ty Lawson scored eight points in a start at shooting guard against the Nuggets on Thursday with four rebounds, six assists, two steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

While he did play well, Lawson probably won't be sticking in the first unit for too long. Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans will be vying for Lawson's minutes, and Darren Collison is locked in. Lawson is more of a 14-team point guard for now.
Feb 24 - 1:55 AM

Skal Labissiere got his best chance as a pro and made it count against the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring a career-high 12 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 14 minutes.

He only scored a grand total of 20 points in his previous NBA games in his career. While the Kings were trying to groom Labissiere as a perimeter guy over the summer, they're going to keep him focused on things he can do well before expanding his game. While we're expecting him to trend up, he's still only worth a look in deep leagues.
Feb 24 - 1:49 AM

Ben McLemore scored 10 points in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

While he didn't have his worst game, Tyreke Evans and Buddy Hield were more impressive off the bench. McLemore still deserves a lot of credit for averaging 12.8 points per game in his previous February outings, which destroys his 1.7 points per game in January. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Feb 24 - 1:44 AM

Darren Collison made 5-of-13 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

Not much analysis needed on Collison here. His fantasy owners can thank their lucky stars he wasn't traded because he should be putting up big numbers as the top offensive weapon for the Kings going forward. He should flirt with top-50 value the rest of the way.
Feb 24 - 1:40 AM

Anthony Tolliver played 31 minutes in a start against the Nuggets on Thursday with three points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Based on how Skal Labissiere looked, Tolliver's minutes should start to trend down. Unless you really need treys from the power forward spot, leave Tolliver on the wire.
Feb 24 - 1:37 AM

Kosta Koufos scored eight points with six rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

That's about what to expect from Koufos going forward. His upside just isn't attractive enough to own in standard leagues, but he could be a low-end deep guy for desperate owners.
Feb 24 - 1:35 AM

Darren Collison, Ty Lawson, Ben McLemore, Anthony Tolliver and Kosta Koufos will start against the Nuggets on Thursday.

No Buddy Hield and no Willie Cauley-Stein. This likely won't last for long.
Feb 23 - 10:41 PM

Arron Afflalo (hamstring) will not play on Thursday night against the Nuggets.

No revenge game for Afflalo. With him out and the Kings in dire straits on the wings, we should see a lot of Ben McLemore and even some Ty Lawson in two-PG lineups. McLemore will be a risky DFS play and isn't worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 23 - 8:43 PM

The Pacers reportedly have interest in trading for Kings swingman Arron Afflalo.

If the Pacers don't get a suitable offer for Paul George, it sounds like they'll pivot to being buyers at the deadline. Afflalo would provide redundant depth on the wings and he's a poor per-minutes fantasy option, so there's no cause for optimism here.
Feb 23 - 2:40 PM

Ty Lawson (groin) is available to play on Thursday vs. the Nuggets.

He was able to practice on Tuesday after missing the last four games before the All-Star break. Lawson isn't a great fantasy asset right now, but that could change if the Kings move Darren Collison at the deadline.
Feb 23 - 1:22 PM

Garrett Temple (left hamstring) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Thursday.

Temple suffered a partially torn hamstring and he was due to be reevaluated after the break, but we've yet to hear an updated timetable. Fantasy owners can leave him on the wire, while expecting guys like Buddy Hield, Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans to absorb extra minutes in his absence.
Feb 23 - 1:21 PM


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