Travis Outlaw came on strong late season for the Sacramento Kings. But if the Kings seriously want to get back to playoff contention, they have to see if players like Outlaw will fill the bill or if they should bring in some good young talent and bring some excellent free agent standouts.
Outlaw might make the team next season, depending on who the Kings draft and get in free agency. He actually did show some improvement from them, although it wasn’t that much to brag about.
This past season in 38 games and two starts, Outlaw had 11.7 minutes, 5.3 points and 1.6 rebounds a game. That compares to 39 games and five starts in 2011-12 with 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds plus 12.8 minutes a game. Last season, he shot 41.8 percent from the floor. That was an improvement from the past five seasons.
He’s had stints with other NBA teams and faired better for them than he did in Sacramento.
He ended three seasons with three straight double-figure performances, which might be enough to put Outlaw’s name on next season’s roster. In his last game, he had 27 minutes of action against the Los Angeles Clippers, and shot 5-of-10 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free-throw-line for 17 points and four assists plus two rebounds. The previous two games, he scored 15 points in each.
If Outlaw doesn’t stay in Sacramento, he still did enough last season to warrant another NBA spot. It appears that, for now, the Kings will keep him, and will hope to have him play all season like he did the last three games of 2012-13.