Everything is coming full circle for Trent Lockett. Lockett joined the Sacramento Kings last summer with just a practice jersey. On Wednesday he earned himself a home, away and alternate. Lockett is the latest acquisition made in a flurry of moves by new General Manager Pete D’Alessandro and the busy Kings front office this offseason. Trent joins an already crowded backcourt that includes Isaiah Thomas, the ‘Bayou Bomber’ Marcus Thornton, trade bait Jimmer Fredette and rookie guards of the future Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum.
To his credit Lockett actually did a fine job last summer. Trent averaged 7.0 points a game on 46 percent shooting in 20 minutes of action. His play over those five games caught the eye of Kings scouts who invited Lockett in for a pre-draft workout in June. It’s another positive signing for the Kings who are in full rebuild mode under the new regime. The Kings are adding players with good heads on their shoulders, and for good reason. This team has no room for any more malcontents.
Although he ended his career as a senior at Marquette, the 6-foot-5 guard earned a slew of Pac-12 awards prior to that with his play at Arizona State. Playing from 2009-11 Lockett earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors in 2009-10. In his junior season Lockett was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 and First Team Pac-10 all-academic teams.
The sample size is small (Lockett played in just five summer league games), but Trent Lockett’s numbers increased significantly once making the leap to the association. His field goal numbers improved to 46 percent, an increase over his senior year at Marquette where he shot 41 percent from the field. He also enjoyed a bump in his three-point shooting going 37 percent from the field in the NBA versus 33 percent at Marquette.
All in all, Lockett is a great add to an already crowded backcourt. I think if anyone suffers from losing minutes here it’s Jimmer, who is already being pushed aside in favor of McCallum and McLemore. This may even be a precursor to a Fredette trade as his name has recently been thrown into the rumor mill. The Sacramento Kings are definitely pushing the youth movement forward with these trades and signings, but it has a subtle emphasis on players who won’t cause trouble and players who come from respectable prestigious programs that produce leaders.
In other words it’s a team of Indians with one chief, the coach. And for the Kings, that’s the way it has to be.