Leading Off

Leading Off: Who should be MVP for Kings this season?

Though the Kings weren’t close to making the playoffs again this season, they were the only team in the NBA with three players who averaged at least 20 points.

So which one should be the team’s MVP?

Center DeMarcus Cousins averaged 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds and shot 49.6 percent in the best season of his four-year career. But he also was called for 16 technical fouls, and the last one led to his suspension for Wednesday’s season finale. To his credit, he controlled his emotions much better in the season’s final two months than he had in his first three seasons, and he clearly wants to be the team’s leader.

Forward Rudy Gay, who came to the Kings with a reputation as a mediocre shooter, averaged more than 20 points and shot nearly 50 percent in 55 games. Most important, he’s the team’s best small forward since Peja Stojakovic left in 2006.

Point guard Isaiah Thomas had a breakout season, averaging more than 20 points and six assists. And he never was afraid to take a shot with the game on the line.

But when a team isn’t close to a .500 record, should any player be its MVP?

Maybe no one deserves to be the Kings’ honor until they can at least challenge for a playoff spot.

– Tom Couzens


What to do

Baseball, L.A. Dodgers at Giants, 12:45 p.m.: It should be a great day for the finale of the first series this season between these longtime rivals.

What to watch

Hockey, L.A. Kings at Sharks, 7:30 p.m., CSNCA: Is this the season the Sharks finally win the Stanley Cup?

Today’s poll

Who should be the Kings’ MVP?

• DeMarcus Cousins

• Rudy Gay

• Isaiah Thomas

• No one

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday’s results

Should baseball reinstate Pete Rose?

•  Yes, enough is

enough: 74%

• Not yet: 3%

• Not now, not ever: 23%

Total votes: 223

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