John Salmons' Inconsistency Is Hurting Sacramento Kings

By John Raffel


Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

John Salmons has picked a poor time to lose his scoring touch.

Lately, the 11-year Sacramento Kings veteran seems to have too many days where he can’t find the basket.

One of his worst days occurred Wednesday when the Kings lost 112-102 to the Houston Rockets. Salmons played 39 minutes and put up only four shots and made none of them. He didn’t score any points but he did dish out five assists and a steal.

It’s not that Salmons has been having scoring problems on a daily basis. He scored 13 points against the Los Angeles Lakers a week ago. He can score, but he’s not putting the ball in the hoop like he was earlier this season and throughout his career.

Salmons is averaging 9.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. His point production has gone up and down all season. He has stretches of scoring in double figures and then times where he can barely score more than five points.

With his experience, the Kings need more consistency from Salmons. He can’t be taking as many nights off as he has this year for the Kings to be a better team. He could be averaging 13 to 14 points with more consistent shooting. The Kings need to hold Salmons accountable for his off-season work schedule, which should be designed to make him a more aggressive offensive player. If the King want to be NBA playoff contenders with John Salmons on the roster, he’s going to have to do much more, especially on the offensive side of the court.

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