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Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-06-08


Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-06-08
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Rookie forward Jason Thompson was nothing if not durable, as he played in all 82 games this season. Luckily for the Kings, he was much more than present. Thompson, who was drafted tenth overall out of Rider University last June, entered the season finale tied for ninth among rookies in scoring (11.1 points per game) and third among rookies in rebounding (7.4).

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Fifth-year point guard Beno Udrih entered the season with great expectations after signing a five-year, $32 million deal last summer. In the end, there was nothing great about his performance. Udrih entered the season finale ranked 22nd among point guards in scoring (11 points per game), 24th in assists (4.7 per game) and 26th in turnovers (2.2 per game).

Of the five Kings players who will be free agents this summer, none appears likely to return.

The final two games from F Ike Diogu (31 points and 11 rebounds at Denver and 28 points and 13 rebounds at Minnesota) likely mean he has the best shot at a return. A possible return might be more likely now that the Kings will be picking fourth in the June 25 draft -- they surely would not have needed him if they had landed Oklahoma's Blake Griffin with the No. 1 pick.

Veteran guard Bobby Jackson, who has played six of his 12 seasons in Sacramento and is a fan favorite, has said he wants to play two more seasons but will certainly look at scenarios in which he can be more competitive. Fourth-year guard Rashad McCants had occasional breakout games and reminded observers that he is a talented scorer, but it likely wasn't enough to warrant a contract offer. Big men Cedric Simmons and Calvin Booth were relative non-factors in their time with the Kings after being traded to Sacramento in February.

PLAYER NEWS:

--C Spencer Hawes suffered quite a scare in the Kings' second-to-last game of the season, getting shoved by Denver's Kenyon Martin and suffering a left knee strain that had Hawes and his bosses holding their breath. Yet the player who recently turned 21 years old and has a history of knee problems had an MRI that revealed no significant damage and has since reported that he is healthy again. While Hawes made major strides in his second season, he remains a pivotal piece for the Kings, and his ability to stay healthy will only expedite his growth.

--G Kevin Martin hobbled through much of the Kings' season with a left ankle injury that simply wouldn't go away. And after missing the season's final eight games, Martin had been resting the ankle in his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio, before heading to Florida to work with his personal coach.

--F Donte' Greene is used to small crowds, having played at Arco Arena in his rookie season while the Kings finished last in the league in attendance. But his offseason work has included entertaining crowds of an even smaller size, as Greene has been playing in the Sacramento Professional Developmental League at a high school in the area.

--G Beno Udrih often admitted that a frequent lack of confidence affected his play last season, but he will have an opportunity to regain some swagger during the summer. Udrih, who is signed by the Kings for four more seasons, will play for the Slovenian national team.

--F Kenny Thomas is entering the final season of his contract and may very well finish his contract with another team. While the Kings have been unable to deal Thomas in recent years largely because of the size of his contract (owed $8.7 million next season), he is now an expiring contract and thus more attractive on the trade front. Thomas has been keeping his game sharp in the offseason, working with expected No. 1 pick Blake Griffin and others in San Francisco with former Knicks, Indiana, San Antonio and Seattle coach Bob Hill.

MEDICAL WATCH:

--G Kevin Martin (sore left ankle, day to day).

--C Spencer Hawes (left knee strain, day to day).


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: June 8, 2009

 

 
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