Jason Thompson put on the type of performance during the 2012-13 NBA season for the Sacramento Kings that has the franchise hoping it can can pick up a similar player in the draft as the Kings work toward being a playoff contender again.
The talk, however, is not that the Kings need a perimeter player, which is why it’s likely they’ll look for a guard. But if Thompson can get another teammate to work with him inside, or at least give him relief from off the bench, the Kings could then maybe trade another one of their key performers for the guard that they need.
Thompson averaged 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Kings and the best part about him was that he saw action all 82 games. While other players struggled with injuries or suspensions, Thompson behaved himself and started 81 games. He also saw an average of 27.9 minutes per game. He shot 50.2 percent from the floor, which is excellent for a forward and shot 69.4 percent in free throw shooting.
The Kings want Thompson to get his field goal and free throw shooting percentages up slightly. He had 1.2 turnovers per game, which was down from his 1.5 average mark.
Why do the Kings need another Jason Thompson? He was always there, that’s why. The Kings need players they can rely on and Thompson definitely fits that mold. If they can bring in another player who can give the team steady minutes for 82 regular-season games, that’s only going to enhance the Kings’ chances of having a winning record.