Golden State forward Draymond Green has emerged as one of the best playmakers in the NBA, leading the league’s best offense in assists at 7.1 per game entering Monday.
Kings guard Rajon Rondo leads the NBA at 11.4 assists per game.
That’s where the comparisons end for Kings coach George Karl, who was asked the differences between the two.
“I think it’s unfair,” Karl said. “I think Rajon doesn’t have the shooters that Draymond’s got. They’ve done a nice job of figuring out how to score. They score in all different ways, but the package right now, they’re very comfortable with their big guys being playmakers and the shooters using all types of screens.”
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Green’s playmaking has him in line to become a first-time All-Star a season after establishing his importance as a defender.
Karl has said Rondo’s play merits consideration for the All-Star Game, too. In addition to leading the NBA in assists, Rondo has a league-best four triple doubles.
Not bored with success – Golden State interim coach Luke Walton said this time of the season is always tough and that he has warned his team about a letdown after the Warriors’ 28-1 start.
“There’s always a concern for a letdown, especially this time of the season after Christmas and then the grind through January and then eventually to February and the All-Star break,” Walton said. “Then, it starts up again before the playoffs. This time of the year is normally a time you’ll see a letdown.”
The Warriors figure to remain motivated. They’d love to challenge the 1995-96 record for most regular-season wins with 72.
Also, San Antonio remains close behind in the standings.
The Warriors were playing the Kings after their Christmas showdown with Cleveland, so it wouldn’t have been a shock if Golden State was flat against Sacramento. But the Warriors won 122-103.
More stomach issues – The Kings were without backup big man Kosta Koufos Monday because of gastroenteritis.
Koufos was so ill that he was taken back to Sacramento well before tipoff.
He’s the third King to miss a game with the stomach illness. Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi also did.