Five Kings players on the bubble
After a modest career at Gonzaga, David Stockton took the D-League by storm last season, averaging 20.4 points and 9.4 assists in 43 games for the Reno Bighorns. At 5-foot-11 and 165-pounds, the 24-year-old point guard needs to bulk up to hold his own at the NBA level. With Rajon Rondo, Darren Collison and Seth Curry all on the roster, Stockton is fighting an uphill battle.
After going undrafted out of Oregon State in 2014, the shot blocking specialist turned heads during summer league last year and earned a guaranteed deal. The 6-foot-10 forward played just two minutes for the Kings during his rookie campaign and seven games in Reno before requiring shoulder surgery. The Kings added Willie Cauley-Stein, Kosta Koufos and Quincy Acy in the offseason making Moreland a longshot.
After five seasons at Wisconsin, the 23-year-old Dukan went undrafted this summer. The Croatian-born big man is trying to earn his way onto the court as a stretch four, something he was hardly able to do as a Badger. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 9.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting over five summer league games for the Kings. He brings something different to the floor, but the Kings have a crowded frontcourt.
Everyone deserves a second chance, but do they deserve a third or a fourth? The scoring guard out of Ole Miss brings a suitcase of baggage to camp. He spent last season playing in Baghdad, Iraq and will likely have to work his way through the D-League to get a shot in the pros. The brash 25-year-old will have to shine brightly to earn a spot behind Ben McLemore, Marco Belinelli and James Anderson.
Hunter gambled coming out of UTEP after his sophomore season and lost. The undrafted power forward averaged 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in just 28.5 minutes of action in his final year in college. Hunter has the wingspan and athleticism to compete, but at just under 6-foot-8 and 208 pounds, he is undersized for the pro game. The path is long for Hunter to make it to the NBA, but it might start in Reno with the Bighorns.