Player News - Kings

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Derrick Williams came off the bench for 11 points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes on Wednesday.

This was a pretty useless fantasy line, but he is coming on, scoring in double figures in three straight games. The scoring is nice, but is only averaging 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games.
Mar 5 - 1:54 AM

Ray McCallum had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block on 6-of-12 shooting in 30 minutes on Wednesday.

That's not a bad line, but is also a far cry from his 20-point game last Friday. He's going to start at point guard until further notice, so just keep running him out there and hope that he gets hot.
Mar 5 - 1:51 AM

Ben McLemore hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for nine points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in 39 minutes on Wednesday.

The minutes were nice, but B-Mac saw his streak of double-digit games snapped at four tonight.
Mar 5 - 1:50 AM

DeMarcus Cousins played through a sore ankle on Wednesday, but had just 14 points, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks on 5-of-12 shooting in a loss to the Spurs.

Cousins isn't exactly a picture of health right now and owners have to hope he keeps playing until the end if his ankle is still bothering him down the line.
Mar 5 - 1:47 AM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is probable to play against the Spurs.

The Kings listing a guy as probable usually means he's a lock to play. Furthermore, sometimes they don't update a probable player, so Cousins owners can assume he is good to go after his 22-point game from Tuesday.
Mar 4 - 5:17 PM

Darren Collison will miss approximately six weeks after Tuesday's surgery to repair a core muscle, effectively ending his season.

"My gut right now from the standpoint of basketball is it would probably be silly to try to rush him back," coach George Karl said. Ray McCallum has crept into standard-league relevance as the starting PG in Collison's absence, with both Andre Miller and Nik Stauskas playing larger roles off the bench.
Mar 4 - 1:23 AM

Ben McLemore took advantage of the Knicks' defense on Tuesday to score 20 points on 6-of-12 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws in just 24 minutes of action.

He drained two 3-pointers and chipped in two rebounds and four assists before sitting out most of the second half. McLemore is averaging 17.3 points and 1.8 triples in his past four games, and his outlook has brightened considerably in George Karl's attacking offense. If you need 3-point shooting, make sure he isn't floating on your waiver wire.
Mar 3 - 9:53 PM

Derrick Williams came off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting on Tuesday, making three 3-pointers with three boards, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes.

Knicks' opponents are shooting a league-best 38.6 percent from downtown and it showed on Tuesday, as the Kings made a combined 10-of-18 triples in the easy road win. George Karl is still figuring out how to get "more consistent value" from Williams, but he also referred to him as "one of our more skilled players." Standard-league owners should keep a close eye on D-Will in case his role continues to grow during the Kings' final 24 games.
Mar 3 - 9:52 PM

Rudy Gay scored 25 points in only 27 minutes of action on Tuesday, making 9-of-15 shots including a 3-of-4 mark from beyond the arc.

Gay added seven rebounds, four assists and one steal, which is all owners could have asked for in the Kings' 124-86 thumping of the hapless Knicks. Sacramento is 12th in the West with a 21-37 record, but thus far there are no indications that Gay will be rested down the stretch.
Mar 3 - 9:51 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) returned from his two-game absence vs. the Knicks, scoring 22 points (5-of-10 FGs, 11-of-11 FTs) with one 3-pointer, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Cousins has fared well under coach George Karl even though Karl's offense typically shuns post-ups. As noted by Brett Kormenos, "Karl's last team in Denver actually ran fewer post-ups per game as a team (5.6) than Cousins has this year as an individual." He did his damage in under 30 minutes during tonight's blowout win, and fantasy owners can look forward to elite value in the season's final six weeks.
Mar 3 - 9:51 PM

Kings PG Ray McCallum made only 2-of-7 shots on Tuesday, finishing the Kings' blowout win with six points, three rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.

He had scored 10+ points in four straight games prior to this quiet performance, and remains a far more appealing option than backup Andre Miller (scoreless in 20 minutes). McCallum is worth adding to your bench if you're in need of some low-end scoring, 3-pointers, assists and steals.
Mar 3 - 9:50 PM

Nik Stauskas made a splash in his return to the Kings' rotation on Tuesday, hitting 4-of-8 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs to finish with 15 points and two assists in 25 minutes.

One of his makes came from downtown and Stauskas should have a reliable spot in the rotation now that Darren Collison (hip) is expected to miss the rest of the season. He picked up extra minutes in a 38-point blowout tonight, however, and is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Mar 3 - 9:49 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks, sending Carl Landry back to the bench.

Cousins has missed the last two games due to a nagging ankle issue, but his owners will be thrilled to see him back in action with a favorable matchup vs. the lowly Knicks. Get Cousins in your lineup and enjoy the show. On the other hand, Landry can be dropped across the board.
Mar 3 - 7:10 PM

Darren Collison underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, and he is expected to remain sidelined for approximately 6-weeks.

The NBA regular season ends in 6-weeks, so it's seems very likely that this will be the end to Collison's season. He'll finish with averages of 16.1 points, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field. Andre Miller and Ray McCallum will continue to man the point guard position in Sacramento with Collison out, but their timeshare will limit their value to deeper leagues.
Mar 3 - 7:00 PM

Kings' head coach George Karl said that he would like to get more consistency from Derrick Williams.

"Derrick is one of our more skilled players, and we’re trying to figure out how he fits with the team," Karl said. "I thought that he and Andre Miller had chemistry together [on Sunday]. As a coaching staff, we feel that we should try and get more out of him, and more consistent value." Williams was able to put up 18 points on Sunday, but was held to single digits in his previous three outings, including a zero-point performance vs. San Antonio. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Mar 3 - 4:50 PM

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