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Kings use odd four-big lineup

Dave Joerger

Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger argues with officials during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


The Kings’ season will be pretty pointless. They’ll be bad, but they won’t even have their first-round pick to show for it, so it doesn’t matter how bad.

Yet, they’ve somehow already turned heads on the court.

In its preseason win over the Suns last night, Sacramento opened the second quarter with a lineup of:

  • Frank Mason
  • Marvin Bagley III (6-foot-11)
  • Skal Labissiere (6-foot-11)
  • Harry Giles III (6-foot-10)
  • Willie Cauley-Stein (7-foot)

That’s a point guard with four players on the power forward-center spectrum. Fun question: Who’s the nominal two in that lineup? Kings general manager Vlade Divac said Bagley could play small forward, so maybe the No. 2 pick is even more versatile than we thought.

The unit played just 1:17 and got outscored 3-0, turning the ball over on both its possessions. At least Sacramento rebounded the lone missed shot during that time, a Phoenix 3-pointer.

I know it’s just the preseason. I know it wasn’t even two minutes. But what was Kings coach Dave Joerger trying to accomplish here? Anything other than cause amusement and bewilderment, and I’m stumped.