Leading Off: Who will get minutes at guard for Kings?

10/27/2013 12:00 AM

10/29/2013 7:56 AM

The Kings have too many guards. But for a team that won just 28 games last season, is that a bad thing?

The two positions have 96 minutes of combined playing time, and six guards – Greivis Vasquez, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Ben McLemore, Jimmer Fredette and Ray McCallum – are in the hunt for some of them.

Most successful teams divide those minutes among no more than four players, so what's new coach Michael Malone going to do?

Assuming Vasquez starts at point – the Kings didn't acquire the player with the most assists in the NBA last season to have him come off the bench – so that's about 30 minutes.

That would make Thomas the backup, plus he can play alongside Vasquez at times, so put him down for, say, 26 minutes, the amount he played last season as the starter.

So what about shooting guard, with only about 40 minutes left?

McCallum, a second-round pick, likely will ride the bench as he learns the NBA game.

So does Malone start Thornton, the veteran, or McLemore, the first-round draft pick? Which one works better with Thomas on the second unit?

McLemore is big and athletic enough to play some minutes at small forward, so there could be about 48 minutes to split with Thornton.

And where does that leave crowd favorite Fredette?

What to watch

NFL, 49ers vs. Jacksonville in London, 10 a.m., FOX40: This should be an easy win for the 49ers before their bye week.

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Who should be the Kings' starting shooting guard?

Jimmer Fredette

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