Kings notes: Honeycutt bounces back in D-League

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 - 8:39 pm

DALLAS – While the Kings were putting together a three-game winning streak entering Monday, the 14th member of their roster was putting together an impressive show of his own in the NBA Development League.

Second-year forward Tyler Honeycutt began his stint with the Reno Bighorns not resembling an NBA-caliber player. He shot 3 of 12 and totaled seven points in two games.

But in his next two games, he shot 15 of 22 and totaled 35 points. He also grabbed 27 rebounds, blocked four shots and made nine steals.

"I got a great text from the coach and team owner down there saying he's been pleasant to be around and he's working hard," Kings coach Keith Smart said.

While some teams send their players up and down from the D-League, Honeycutt has been with Reno for more than a month.

Smart said he didn't want Honeycutt to be with Reno as just an "NBA guy" making an appearance.

Honeycutt missed the summer league and most of the preseason because of stress fractures in his right foot and leg. Even if the Kings recalled him, it's unlikely he'd get playing time.

"I wanted him to be there awhile and get some quality games and some growth as a teammate under his belt as well," Smart said.

Getting technical – Center DeMarcus Cousins received his sixth technical foul of the season when he was called for a double technical with Dallas guard O.J. Mayo in the second quarter Monday.

Cousins is tied with New York forward Carmelo Anthony for the second-most technical fouls this season. Phoenix center Jermaine O'Neal leads the league with seven.

Cousins nominated – Cousins was nominated for Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Dec. 3-9. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin won the honor.

The Kings were 3-0 over that span with Cousins averaging 20.3 points and 13.0 rebounds. He also shot 22 of 48 (45.8 percent).

Atlanta forward Josh Smith was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Nowitzki honored – Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki was given the Naismith Legacy Award at halftime of Monday's game.

The award is "presented to players, coaches and other individuals or organizations from the game of basketball honoring their role in furthering the values of honor, respect and integrity, both on and off the court."

The German, who hasn't played this season because of arthroscopic knee surgery, is the first foreign-born player to receive the award.

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