To show just how backwards the Sacramento Kings season has been the lowest paid player on their team is making by far the biggest impact on the club. Isaiah Thomas is the only King that is coming to play everyday and helping the team enormously in just his second NBA season.
Oddly enough John Salmons is the highest paid player on the Kings and has a lowly 8.9 points per game to show for his $8M salary in 2013. If the Kings are going to improve upon their dreadful 19-35 record they need to start playing their younger players much more. At 33-years-old Salmons isn’t in this team’s long-term plans whatsoever and shouldn’t be getting playing time over younger players.
Last year the Kings selected Thomas Robinson fifth overall and he has yet to start a game in his rookie season. With 35 losses what do they have to lose giving this kid a chance to play and mature at the NBA level?
Head coach Keith Smart has had issues all season long in his first-year with the club, however he needs to adapt his mindset to focus more about the long-term and not the short-term as they need to see what in fact this Kings nucleus is made off.
With a move to Seattle looking more imminent each day it’s even more important for this team to find an identity and devise a plan for the coming seasons. Sacramento management needs to sever ties with Salmons completely either by trade or amnesty and start playing the younger players maximum minutes.