Sacramento Kings Need Jason Thompson To Be More Consistent Rebounder

By John Raffel
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

If the Sacramento Kings could improve slightly on their road performances, they would almost be good enough to contend for an NBA playoff spot each season.

But that’s a good “if.” Sacramento upset the Golden State Warriors 105-97 Wednesday for their first road win this season against a team that has a winning record. Sacramento is 7-30 on the road, which isn’t going to take too many teams to the playoffs.

Overall, the Kings are 26-46.

It’s also the first time in a decade the Kings have taken three wins in four games from the Warriors.

Isaiah Thomas picked up a lot of attention with 31 points but Jason Thompson‘s performance was just as important for the Kings even though he only scored nine points. Thompson came up big with nine rebounds.

He continues to have a steady season for Sacramento at 10.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. He continues to shoot well from the floor at 59.7 percent but struggled at the free-throw line at 68.4 percent.

Thompson’s work on the boards is as critical as it’s ever been for the Kings. He’s been scoring around the same as his career average but is slightly down from his 7.1 career rebounding clip. But he helped the Kings get the rebounding edge on the Warriors. If Thompson gets his rebounding numbers up, the Kings will be even tougher to beat. In fact, maybe they’ll win a few more games on the road, which will make Sacramento a tough team to beat for the rest of this season.

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