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Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-11-03

Sacramento Kings Roster Report 2009-11-03ROTATION: 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.


--G Tyreke Evans struggled for the third time in four games, scoring just three points in 24 minutes against Memphis on Monday. The rookie, who sprained his right ankle Saturday at San Antonio, said afterward that he wouldn't have played if it hadn't been the Kings' home opener.

--C Spencer Hawes showcased a dimension the Kings could sorely need in the starting lineup, doing his best Brad Miller impersonation by finding teammates from the high post in what was easily his best game yet this season. He had 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 43 minutes. Asked if Hawes may have earned a starting role, Kings coach Paul Westphal said he is considering it. "Let me sleep on it for a night," he said. "We'll see. I thought Spencer made his case extremely effectively."

--G Tyreke Evans got a challenging look at life as an NBA point guard on the Kings' season-opening trip, facing Oklahoma City's rising star, Russell Westbrook, New Orleans' Chris Paul and San Antonio's Tony Parker. After going toe to toe with Paul on Friday, Evans struggled against Parker (24 points, seven assists). Evans had just six points and six assists in 24 minutes. He sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter but is expected to play Monday against Memphis.

--F Omri Casspi wasn't expected to play much this season, but the rookie from Israel continues to provide a much-needed spark off the bench. After hitting 6-of-9 shots for 16 points in the win over Memphis, Casspi has hit 18-of-31 shots this season (58 percent).


--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.

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Added: November 3, 2009


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