Weekend poll: Who should the Kings start at shooting guard?

Leading Off: Who should Kings start at shooting guard?

Published: Sunday, Jun. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 - 10:29 pm

The Kings' crowded backcourt became even more crowded when they selected Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore and Detroit point guard Ray McCallum in Thursday's NBA draft.

The Kings already have Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Toney Douglas and John Salmons at guard, though Salmons played mostly at small forward last season.

So who should be the starting shooting guard, assuming Thomas, Douglas and McCallum strictly play the point?

Evans, the incumbent, still hasn't developed a consistent outside shot needed by a two-guard and might be better suited at point, the position he played as a rookie.

Thornton can score, but he's a streaky shooter and might be better coming off the bench to give the second unit some instant offense.

After two seasons, it's still unclear if Fredette is a shooting guard, a point guard – or even anything more than an end-of-the bench scrub.

McLemore, at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, was considered one of the best shooters in the draft at the position. He averaged 15.9 points in his only season at Kansas, shooting 49.5 percent from the field, 42 percent from three-point range and 87 percent from the line.

Unless the Kings trade for or sign another shooting guard – they have more pressing needs at small forward and point guard – the position could be McLemore's for many seasons to come.

What to do

Baseball, St. Louis at A's, 1:05 p.m., O.co Coliseum: The forecast high today is 108 in Sacramento, but only 81 in Oakland.

What to watch

Baseball, Giants at Colorado, 1:10 p.m., CSNBA: If you're not leaving town to beat the heat, it might be best to stay inside.

Weekend poll

Whom should the Kings start at shooting guard?

• Tyreke Evans

• Jimmer Fredette

• Ben McLemore

• Marcus Thornton

• A free agent

• Other

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