Sacramento Kings Need To Correct Toney Douglas' Shooting Woes

By John Raffel
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Toney Douglas showed some promising playmaking abilities the other day with the Sacramento Kings in an 87-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Kings have plenty of time left this season to experiment with Douglas, and should be able to see whether or not he could play a key role in their future.

The early betting is that he will.

Against Golden State, Douglas was 3-of-9 from the floor and scored 10 points while dishing out six assists. It was his fourth game with the Kings since coming over from the Houston Rockets. He’s off to a slow start with the Kings, although the game with the Warriors perhaps got him back on the right track. He’s averaging 55 points, 4.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds with the Kings.

In 48 games with Houston, Douglas was at 8.1 points 1.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds a game.

The Kings can use Douglas as a playmaker. He averages around 19 minutes, but usually handles the ball well. That said, a problem that Douglas needs to rectify right now which has cost him previous NBA employment is his shooting. It’s not where it needs to be if he wants the Kings to put heavy investment into this abilities.

Against Golden State, Douglas was 3-of-9 for 10 points. In his previous two games, he’s 1-of-9. So for for Sacramento, he’s shooting 31.8 percent. He was at 39.5 percent for the Rockets, and is 40.5 percent for his career. In 3-pointers, he’s at 27.3 percent with the Kings and 35.6 for his career.

If Douglas can improve his shooting by a few percentage points, he’ll be the complete package as an NBA player.

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