Sorting out the backup point guard spot remains a work in progress for the Kings.
In Saturday's blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Kings coach Keith Smart changed his rotation of second-team point guards again.
Jimmer Fredette and Isaiah Thomas have alternated who comes off the bench first over the past six games.
Smart said the "matchup situation" was why he went with Thomas against the Clippers. The uncertainty hasn't been easy for either player.
Fredette, drafted 10th overall by Milwaukee last year and immediately traded to the Kings, didn't play in the first half and missed his six shots in the second half. Thomas has gone from starter, to primary backup to not playing, depending on the game.
Smart said Friday that he might have to go with one of the players and allow him to play most of the backup minutes. At this point, though, Smart doesn't appear ready to settle on which second-year player is Aaron Brooks' primary backup.
"I talked with those two guys (Saturday) and told them, 'It's difficult for me trying to figure out which one of you is going to back up,' " Smart said. " 'You guys are young players in the NBA, you're still carving out your careers.' "
Smart has said both players have stayed engaged and prepared despite the uncertainty about playing time.
"Trying to say OK, this guy is going to play X amount of games and then that guy is going to play, that's hard for those two young guys," Smart said. "They've just got to be ready to play every game."
Staying the course Smart said the Kings' bad start and most lopsided loss to the Clippers in team history (35 points) won't deter him.
The Kings began the season with aspirations of surprising the league and contending for the playoffs. Instead, they have the worst record in the Western Conference (4-12).
"We will keep doing everything we need to do, practicing hard and studying film," Smart said. "We don't stop because we are in a rut. This is when you keep doing your job, and my job is the same all the time. So, I don't have to drop my head and worry about what's going on. My job is to keep preparing these guys."
Defensive slip The Kings began Sunday 12th in the NBA at forcing turnovers at 15.19 per game.
But in back-to-back games, the Kings have forced single-digit turnovers, their worst efforts of the season.
On Friday, the Indiana Pacers had nine turnovers. The Clippers had only five.
Guard Tyreke Evans missed the past two games because of a bruised left knee and is second on the team with 1.36 steals per game.