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Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-10-30

Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-10-30ROTATION: Starters -- Point guard Tyreke Evans, Shooting guard Kevin Martin, Small forward Desmond Mason, Power forward Sean May, Center Jason Thompson. Bench -- Center Spencer Hawes, Forward Omri Casspi, Forward Andres Nocioni, Guard Sergio Rodriguez, Guard Beno Udrih, Forward Jon Brockman, Forward Donte' Greene.


--F Desmond Mason has never been known as a good shooter, and he is living up to his unwelcome reputation so far with the Kings. After a preseason in which he hit just six of 30 shots, the veteran who is playing on a non-guaranteed contract hit just 1-of-4 shots against the Thunder.

--F Omri Casspi was called the surprise of the preseason by coach Paul Westphal, and that momentum carried over into the season opener. Casspi had 15 points in 19 minutes while hitting 7-of-9 shots. If he continues to score at this rate and show defensive versatility like he has, Westphal may be forced to consider starting him or at least giving him significantly more playing time. Casspi made history in his debut, too, becoming the first Israeli player to play in the NBA.

--G Beno Udrih has fallen quite far from last season. After signing a five-year, $32 million deal in the summer of 2008 and earning the starting job he'd always wanted, he did not play against the Thunder. Point guard Sergio Rodriguez was given the minimal backup minutes at the position (12), but had just two points and three assists.


--G/F Francisco Garcia (right wrist fracture) is out at least until mid-February after his exercise ball accident on Oct. 9. The fifth-year player was bench pressing with 90-pound dumbbells in each arm when the ball exploded and the weights caused the injury that required surgery.

--F Kenny Thomas (flu-like symptoms) did not travel with the Kings on their current road trip. It is not known when he will join the team, as he is considered day to day.

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Added: October 30, 2009


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