Preseason Preview: Kings at Raptors

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins battles Chuck Hayes and Kyle Lowry for a rebound. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

Gametime: 4:00 pm PST

Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio)

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (0-0)

PG: Darren Collison
SG: Nik Stauskas
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Toronto Raptors Probable Starters (0-0)

PG: Kyle Lowry
SG: DeMar Derozan
SF: Terrence Ross
PF: Amir Johnson
C: Jonas Valanciunas

Three things to ponder

1. Who starts for the Sacramento Kings?

Only two players are guaranteed locks inthe starting lineup: DeMarcus Cousins at center and Rudy Gay at small forward.  The rest of the Sacramento Kings’ starting five is a toss up.  My guess is that Malone turns to Collison, Thompson and Stauskas at the other three positions.  However, Malone will likely spread minutes evenly among his players to get looks at different lineups.

2. The performance of the point guards

Darren Collison and Ramon Sessions are an interesting tandem at point guard.  Both players can score and are also decent playmakers.  Their teammates have been happy with the way the ball has moved so far with them at the helm.  Will that translate into a live game situation against the Toronto Raptors?

3. Stauskas or McLemore

Stauskas and McLemore have received high marks for their play in training camp so far.  Will we see these two battling for minutes or will we see them co-exist?  Since taking Stauskas in last June’s draft, the Sacramento Kings have maintained the stance that they intend on playing him with McLemore at times this year.

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About: Jonathan Santiago

Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.