The Sacramento Kings aren’t exactly expecting Carl Landry to bring back the days from five years ago when he was a very good player for the NBA team, but they are still expecting plenty from him now that he has returned to the franchise. Landry has been a top player from off the bench rather than a starter for most of his career, and that’s expected to be the case in his second go-around with the Kings.
Landry’s best season was 2009-10 when he played 52 games for the Houston Rockets and then came to Sacramento, where he started all 28 games in which he appeared. He averaged 37.6 minutes a game in that stretch with 18 points, 6.5 rebounds and 52 percent from the floor.
It was his best stretch of basketball with any team. He didn’t quite match those numbers in the following year with Sacramento and was traded late in the season to the New Orleans Pelicans.
But what Landry brings to the Kings is strong shooting, rebounding and dependability. He appeared in 81 games for the Golden State Warriors last year even though he started just two. He averaged 23.2 minutes, 10.8 points, 6.0 rebounds per game, and shot 54.0 percent from the floor and 81.7 percent in threes.
Landry can give Sacramento 25 to 30 minutes of good basketball the entire season, and that’s not a minor thing for the Kings, who have enough talent to pull off a few surprises during the season. He’ll for sure give the Kings excellent depth in the frontcourt. It’s a team that’s going to cause their opponents problems underneath the basket on both sides of the court.
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