Weekend poll: Who should start at point guard for the Kings?

Leading Off: Who should be Kings' starting point guard?

Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 7:37 am

When the sign-and-trade deal that sends guard Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans is complete, the Kings will have the big, pass-first point guard they've been lacking for years.

Greivis Vasquez, 6-foot-6 and 211 pounds, taken by Memphis with the 28th pick in the 2010 NBA draft after four seasons at Maryland, blossomed in his second season with New Orleans.

He led the league in assists with 704 in 78 games, though he finished third in assists per game with 9.0 (Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul played fewer games but averaged more assists). Vasquez also averaged 13.9 points and 4.3 rebounds for a team that won only 27 games last season, one fewer than the Kings.

Last year's starting point guard for the Kings, Isaiah Thomas, played well in his second NBA season, averaging 13.9 points and 4.0 assists, and he has become a fan favorite. Though Thomas likely will continue to improve, there's not much he can do about being 5-9.

Barring another deal, the other point guards on the Kings' roster will be Jimmer Fredette, who will be in his third season, and Ray McCallum, a second-round draft pick out of Detroit Mercy.

Fredette received more love from the fans than the coaches last season, and at 6-2 is more of a shooting guard in a point guard's body. McCallum, also 6-2, is a true point guard, but he'll likely spend most of his rookie season on the bench.

So, if you're coach Michael Malone, who do you start at point guard for the Kings next season?

Weekend poll

Who should start at point guard for the Kings?

• Jimmer Fredette

• Ray McCallum

• Isaiah Thomas

• Greivis Vasquez

• Other

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Friday's results

What's your favorite baseball movie?

• "Bull Durham": 18%

• "Field of Dreams": 21%

• "The Natural": 24%

• "Major League": 24%

• Other: 13%

Total votes: 169

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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