Even with minimal playing time, Jimmer Fredette remains perhaps the most popular King, based largely on his exploits at BYU.
He's cheered loudly whenever he enters a game, but Sunday there were reasons to cheer Fredette's on-court showing.
Fredette scored 13 points in the Kings' 89-87 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at Sleep Train Arena. Fredette played 15 minutes, his most since logging 19 minutes March 3 in a blowout win over Charlotte.
Fredette's 13 points were his most since tallying 14 ON March 10 in a loss to Milwaukee.
He did most of his damage in the second quarter, scoring 10 points when the Kings used a three-guard lineup of Fredette, Marcus Thornton and Toney Douglas.
Kings coach Keith Smart said "the pace of the game picked up," giving Fredette more space to operate and preventing the Grizzlies from locking in on him.
"If you pick the pace up in the basketball game, now they have to do a little more help," Smart said.
Smart would like to see Fredette take more chances on offense when he has an opportunity to play.
"Just got to get him to when he's open to take that shot and not worry about if it's a bad shot," Smart said. "You've got to forget about taking good, clean shots. Those days are over. You've got to get to playing where a shot is a shot because they close so fast when they know you can shoot."
Smart said that might come with a physical price, but it's worth it.
"He has to take that chance," Smart said. "Let some guys run over him like they run over a lot of three-point shooters in our league, and he'll start getting some of those calls."
Injury update Forward Patrick Patterson did not play for the first time since joining the Kings in February.
"His hand is starting to bother him a great deal, and he had a little bit of a back spasm going on as well," Smart said.
Patterson hurt his hand during a workout two weeks ago.
The hand might explain his recent shooting struggles. Patterson is a combined 4 of 17 in his past three games.