Top 5 takeaways from Kings' 4-1 preseason start
James Ham's Top 5 takeaways
With one game remaining in their preseason schedule, the Sacramento Kings are a surprising 4-1. While preseason means very little in the grand scheme of things, there are some positives to take away from what we have seen so far from a the new Kings squad... --James Ham
The Kings are further along than expected. Vlade Divac added eight new pieces in the offseason, many of which are already playing rotational minutes. Karl has let his top 10 players play the majority of the preseason as he tries to build on court chemistry. So far the group has impressed. --James Ham
4. Twin towers?
Willie Cauley-Stein has worked himself back into shape. The rookie came to camp without his wind, but has shown no ill-effects in five preseason games. Cauley-Stein will get to strut his stuff in front of a familiar Rupp Arena crowd on Saturday night as the Kings finish their preseason schedule against the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite a rough start, he is looking like the Kings opening night starter next to DeMarcus Cousins on the frontline. --James Ham
3. Still seeking a swingman
The door is open at the two. McLemore came into camp as the incumbent, but his slow start has not only put his starting job at risk, but his spot in the rotation as well. Belinelli, Collison, McLemore and James Anderson will fight for minutes at the position. That’s a lot of bodies vying for 48 minutes of playing time. --James Ham
2. Breakout season coming?
Darren Collison was made for George Karl’s system. Rajon Rondo may begin the season as the Kings starting point guard, but Collison will play starter minutes as well. After missing the Kings final 33 games with a core muscle injury, the 28-year-old guard is averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per contest this preseason. Karl has raved about Collison and even predicted a breakout season for his key reserve. -- James Ham
Filling it up
Marco Belinelli is more than a just a shooter. When Sacramento inked the 29-year-old Italian this summer, they did so with the idea that he could open the floor with his long range game. So far, Belinelli has hit on just 30.2 percent of his 3-point attempts, but he leads the team in scoring at 18.2 points per game. Plan on George Karl relying heavily on the veteran early once the regular season begins. --James Ham