Bagley gets shots up in empty arena after best game of season


Marvin Bagley III’s NBA career has been marked by injuries, inconsistency and, most recently, Twitter controversy.

During the Kings’ 102-94 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday, Bagley’s father sent out a since-deleted tweet requesting a trade for his son. Whether he likes it or not, Bagley has been thrust into the spotlight for Sacramento.

The Warriors limited him to just five points in the Kings’ following game, but the big man responded Wednesday by setting season highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 128-124 win over the Chicago Bulls. 

Instead of heading home to relax after a productive day at the office, Bagley returned to the floor at Golden 1 Center to work on his shot.

If you’re a Kings fan, you love to see it.

This is a huge season for Bagley’s career. The No. 2 overall pick in 2018 has yet to reach his potential, as he played in 75 games and made just 10 starts his first two years in the league. Bagley has started all seven games for coach Luke Walton this season but none were more complete than Wednesday night’s effort.

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Bagley finished 8-for-14 from the field and knocked down 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. He also showed some chemistry with rookie point guard Tyrese Haliburton at times, something Sacramento would love to see for years to come.

The next step is for Bagley to show he can do it on a nightly basis. He’s already had a couple of bad games resulting in five points or less this season and that’s not going to cut it from a guy who could be your franchise center.