Top 5 early takeaways from Kings training camp
Collison giving Rondo run for his money
Darren Collison is ready for a battle. It was a foregone conclusion when Rajon Rondo signed a one-year, $9.5 million deal that he would assume the starting point guard role in Sacramento. But the 28-year-old Collison is healed up from late season surgery and making a run at the four-time All-Star. George Karl is getting his first look at the speedster and he likes what he sees.
Koufos making case for starting job
DeMarcus Cousins better get ready to guard power forwards, because Kosta Koufos continues to impress. According to George Karl, Koufos is bigger, stronger and smarter than the player he coached two seasons ago in Denver. He already knows the offense and understands his role, so it’s not a stretch that he will get the opening night nod.
Rondo a true floor general
The only way to get Rajon Rondo to stop talking is to put a microphone in front of his face. The Kings have struggled with communication and leadership on the floor for a long while. Those days are over. Rondo chirps every second he is on the floor. The moment he steps on the court, there is no question who is running the show.
McLemore ready to break out
Ben McLemore is ready to take another leap forward in his progression. The 22-year-old is turning heads with his incredible athleticism. He spent the summer working on his handles and shoring up his jumper. If he can figure out a way to stay in front of his man on the defensive end, the sky's the limit.
Juggling act with Karl's bench
The Kings are 13 or 14 players deep. Karl has no issue trying to field a five-on-five practice. In fact, he may have too many options. One of the keys to this season will be Karl’s ability to not only win games, but keep a crowd of players happy.