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Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-10-19

Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-10-19ANALYZING STARTERS:

G Tyreke Evans is the reason some Kings fans are excited again, as his ability to get to the rim at will and be a decent defender as well has them hoping he can help with the rebuilding/recovery process. He will need to work hard on his shooting range, as defenses are sure to sag on Evans unless he proves he can be effective from the outside.

G Kevin Martin could push for the All-Star berth he's always dreamed of if the sixth-year scorer can stay healthy. Martin remains one of the most efficient and creative scorers in the league, but must show a consistent interest in defending lest his mountain of points go for naught.

F Desmond Mason is highly likely to make the team in the wake of an injury to Francisco Garcia. What's more, Kings coach Paul Westphal has raved about Mason all preseason for his ability to defend and add athleticism to a team lacking so badly in both areas.

F Jason Thompson played all 82 games as a rookie and was one of the few bright spots for a team that spent seven months in darkness. He is a physical and tireless player who must learn how to stay out of foul trouble so those qualities can be utilized to their fullest extent in his second season.

C Spencer Hawes may be the most pivotal player on the Kings' roster this season. He continues to show an offensive flair not typically seen in 7-footers but must balance those skills with an improved dedication to defense and productive play in the post. Hawes' passing ability -- a la former Kings center Brad Miller -- will also be vital for a team that has lagged in assist-to-turnover ratio in recent seasons.


G Beno Udrih failed spectacularly last season as the team's starting point guard and appears to have lost his job long before the regular season arrived. Nonetheless, Udrih -- who signed a five-year, $32 million deal in the summer of 2008 -- has played well in the preseason and could be a valuable reserve even if his contract is starter-worthy.

F Andres Nocioni will be moved back to his role as a reserve after starting for the Kings last season. He has started 157 of his 354 games in a five-year career, and is likely to rotate between small forward and power forward.

F Kenny Thomas may be on the Kings' radar again after two seasons, as they are thin on the frontline and could use his rebounding skills and defensive savvy.

F Sean May was signed over the summer to add another proficient post player to the frontline. The Kings are hoping he can add some well-timed scoring and help with the rebounding effort that they so often failed at last season.

MEDICAL WATCH: Francisco Garcia (fractured right forearm, ligament damage to wrist) is expected to miss at least four months after his weightlifting accident Oct. 9. He had surgery on Oct. 10 and will have to wear a cast for eight weeks before beginning rehabilitation.

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