NBA coaches will insist that this time of season, it’s still all about winning even if a team, like the Sacramento Kings, are out of the playoffs. But it’s also a decent time for coaches to see what they’ve got on their roster and give more personnel some playing time to see who they might want to use in the future.
The Kings are giving Toney Douglas some minutes, but should give him more. He’s got talent to give, but it doesn’t appear the Kings are all that obsessed with trying to find out.
For the season, Douglas is averaging 7.8 points, 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds a game. In his first 49 games of the season with the Houston Rockets, he was at 8.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game with 18.6 minutes a game and 39.5 percent shooting. In eight games with Sacramento, he’s at 17.3 minutes per game with only 5.4 points, but at 2.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. The Kings still need some scoring so Douglas, who is shooting 36.6 percent in those games, needs to put the ball up more frequently when he’s in the game.
Douglas has handled himself very impressively in his last two games. Against the Chicago Bulls at home, in a stunning 42-point Kings win, he saw 20 minutes of action, was 3-of-5 from the floor, grabbed three rebounds and scored 10 points. Against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, a 113-102 loss, Douglas was in for 17 more minutes and wisely put up more shots, 10. He hit five from the floor and also was 1-of-4 from the three-point area. He grabbed an assist and also had a combined five steals the last two games.
Douglas is doing some decent things for the Kings in every game. It would be wise for the team to see how he handles more minutes.