Preseason Preview: Kings at Nets


Gametime: Wednesday 4:30 am PST

Where: Mastercard Arena, Beijing, China

Broadcast Information: NBA TV, KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio)

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (1-2)

PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Brooklyn Nets Probable Starters (2-0)

PG: Deron Williams
SG: Bojan Bogdanovic
SF: Joe Johnson
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Brook Lopez

Three things to ponder

1. A lack of Ray McCallum

McCallum has made one appearance in three preseason games, a three-and-a-half minute blip which showcased an offensive foul. As Darren Collison and Ramon Sessions hoard playing time, McCallum’s absence begs the question if Michael Malone isn’t pleased with what he sees in the second-year guard at practice.

2. Omri Casspi’s role

At the moment Malone is using Casspi as the first forward off the bench. Casspi is shooting only 36.8 percent from the floor and is 0-of-6 from 3, but his activity and willingness to drive and draw fouls could be what earns him a rotation spot ahead of Derrick Williams and his 33.3 percent field goal accuracy.

3. Time for Ryan Hollins

After playing nine minutes in the previous contests, Hollins logged 12 on Saturday and looked like a difference-maker. The center scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting, collected eight rebounds and landed two blocks. A performance like such deserves an even more ample serving of floor time Wednesday.



About: Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.