The Sacramento Kings lost one of their key players from recent seasons as they looked ahead to the 2013-14 NBA season. This summer they agreed to a sign-and-trade with free-agent guard Tyreke Evans that sent them, most notably, point guard Greivis Vasquez in return.
Vasquez, who is entering his fourth year in the NBA is coming off of a year where he was one of the most productive facilitators in the NBA. In 78 games last season with the New Orleans Pelicans franchise, Vasquez averaged a fantastic nine assists per game, while also adding 13.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Though Vasquez’s defense is suspect and that he doesn’t have a long track-record of success in the league, his production last season as a passer seemed like a positive pickup for the Kings, a team that hasn’t really had a player with that type of passing mentality in recent years.
As Vasquez’s first season in Sacramento has gotten underway, though, he’s been entirely unimpressive. Through the Kings first six games, Vasquez is averaging just 4.5 assists per game in addition to not being a double-figure scorer for the Kings. He’s not been what some people thought he could be with this Kings team. Sure, it’s early, but I’m already out on the idea of Vasquez with the Kings.
If the Kings are going to continue to be a low-assist team, why not run with Isaiah Thomas at point guard for the bulk of the team’s minutes in lieu of Vasquez? Thomas is a much more capable scorer and makes their offense more dynamic. Their defense is probably a wash, but Thomas provides more on the other end of the floor. If it’s me, even though the season is young, I’m already reducing Vasquez’s minutes.