Anthony Tolliver is more than a three-point specialist
The Sacramento Kings prevailed in a close victory against the Charlotte Hornets tonight, winning 109-106 behind a game winning drive from DeMarcus Cousins. Anthony Tolliver chipped in with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Tolliver also had seven rebounds and three assists making him the Reno Dodge Power Performer.
It was a well-rounded game for Tolliver. Apart from his scoring, he has taken the initiative of helping the team with rebounds as of late, especially during the last two games. His activity around the rim has been noted, giving this team a lift in an area of need as they rank 29th in the NBA at 40.8 rebounds a game.
Offensively, he was not shy at all from beyond the arc. Tolliver was 4-of-8 from downtown and managed to make big baskets in the end. When Tolliver is comfortable shooting from the outside, it does the Kings wonders, because it gives Cousins another option to pass to when he gets double or triple teamed at times.
These two videos are perfect examples of Tolliver’s quick release and zero hesitation:
Also, while he was on the floor, he was a +11. The +/- factor in the NBA has become one of the most significant stats out there. The higher your +/- is, the better the team plays while you are on the floor, making Tolliver a valuable asset to have on both ends of the floor.
His defense is not talked about much but when you break down film, you can notice his ability to move well laterally, making his defense solid and another reason why Dave Joerger can trust him to be out there playing consistent minutes.
His is ability to spread the floor is very important but his willingness to defend, makes him that much more valuable to a team that ranks 21st in points allowed. The Kings need more guys like Tolliver to put that type of effort on the defensive end and they will begin to improve their overall defense.
Here is some proof of that solid defense:
Tolliver had his best game for the Kings in a while, giving Joerger a clear option to fill in for some of the scoring void Rudy Gay left with his season-ending injury. Tonight, Tolliver logged in 30 minutes for the Kings, the most in the past six games. Therefore, if he continues his solid play, expect Joerger to play Tolliver a lot more.
Will he get more minutes? Find out Monday as they take on the 76ers in Philadelphia. This will be the second to last road game before the Kings return home to take on the Suns on Friday.
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