Sacramento Kings Need More Scoring From John Salmons

By John Raffel
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

John Salmons has been relatively quiet lately for the Sacramento Kings. It’s not that he’s playing extremely poor. He’s just going about his business on the court taking care of his team’s various needs as they arise.

Salmons has played in 60 of the Kings’ NBA games and has started 56. He’s been quiet offensively, scoring 12 points combined in the last three games while hitting 5-of-23 from the floor and 2-of-14 in 3-pointers. But he’s helping out in other areas by taking care of the ball as is evident with only two turnovers. He’s also combined for 11 assists the last three games.

For the season, Salmons still has 9.1 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.7 rebounds a game. His shooting is at 40.5 percent but has been going down in recent games.

It’s a long season and the 10-year veteran has been showing signs of weariness. The Kings aren’t making the playoffs but are hoping to carry some momentum into 2013-14.

Salmons is still performing better for the Kings than he did last season when he played 47 games and averaged 7.55 points and 2.9 rebounds. He hasn’t regained his excellent production from past years which included averages of 15.4 in 2009-10 for the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks and 14 in 2010-11 for the Bucks. He’s not providing the minutes he did in past years, but the Kings have valued Salmon’s leadership and experience that he’s been able to provide this season.

But when it comes to points and with the season winding down, the Kings are looking for Salmons to pick up his game and help the team finish strong in the NBA West.

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