Sacramento Kings' John Salmons Excels Against Struggling Teams

By John Raffel
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

One positive thing can be said about the Charlotte Bobcats: they sure made the Sacramento Kings look good.

The Kings were returning home from a 1-4 road trip Sunday, and looked like NBA champs in whipping the Bobcats 119-83.

John Salmons virtually looked like the league MVP against the struggling Bobcats. He scored 22 points in only 30 minutes of action, scoring 19 of them in just 10 minutes of action after the half. Salmons made a variety of shots, whether they were open of if they were tough, and was sizzling all night. His team outscored Charlotte 43-19 in the third quarter.

This game, albeit against the lowly Bobcats, gave Salmons a chance to prove that he is indeed a quality NBA player. His third quarter almost made him a candidate for the NBA Hall of Fame. Well, give him a few more years.

The 10-year guard forward is averaging 9.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game. His averages are slightly below his career marks, but it’s tough to keep the averages up when you’re playing for a struggling team.

That said, Salmons continues to hold his own, especially against teams that are struggling. Against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, for instance, he was 1-of-7 and, scored three points. In the previous game against the Orlando Magic, he was 7-of-9 and scored 21 points.

Think the quality of opponent makes a difference?

Could be. But, give John Salmons credit – he’s getting the job done, at least against certain teams. The trick for the Kings now is to show they can play with anybody.

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