With the Kings committed to resting at least two of their veterans each game for the rest of the season, the team’s young players will get more time on the court to show what they can do.
Four of the Kings’ five rookies have taken the floor, with each playing at least 29 games. The only one who hasn’t played, Harry Giles, was shut down for the season Thursday.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 2014 draft pick who came to the NBA this season from the EuroLeague, leads all Kings rookies in games played with 42. De’Aaron Fox, the fifth overall pick in June, is next with 38 (he missed games due to a partial tear in his right quadriceps muscle); followed by 31 for Justin Jackson, who has spent time in the G League; and 29 for Frank Mason III, who has been out since Dec. 31 and is not expected to play this month.
Sacramento is 13-32, with its next contest coming Monday at Charlotte. Here’s a quick look at how some of the Kings’ rookies compare numerically to the NBA’s other first-year players, according to ESPN statistics:
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Scoring – Bogdanovic is seventh with an 11.5 scoring average. Utah’s Donovan Mitchell leads all rookies at 19.3 points per game.
Rebounding – Bogdanovic ranks 22nd, averaging just 2.7 per night. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons leads at 8.0 per contest.
Assists – Fox is fifth with 4.3 per game. Simmons also leads this category, averaging 7.2 a night.
Field-goal percentage – Bogdanovic shoots 48.9 percent from the field, good for ninth among rookies. Golden State’s Jordan Bell is shooting 66.4 percent in 38 games.
3-point percentage – Bogdanovic is fourth at 40.1 percent (63 of 157). Boston’s Jayson Tatum leads the way at 45.7 percent (64 for 140). (NOTE: Mason’s percentage is better than Bogdanovic’s at 41.9, but he is only 18 for 43, so he’s not qualified to be considered among leaders.)
Steals – Bogdanovic is fifth at just under one per game (41 steals in 42 games). Simmons averages 1.9 per outing.
Blocks – Bogdanovic doesn’t quite average one-quarter of a block per game, with 10 total. Atlanta’s John Collins rejects 1.1 shots per night.
Minutes – Fox’s 26.8 minutes per contest puts him ninth, just ahead of Bogdanovic (26.6). Simmons’ 35 a night is tops.
All stats are through Saturday’s games.