The Sacramento Kings have lurched out to a 4-9 start this season, and head coach Dave Joerger wants to switch up the lineups to re-energize his team.
Through the Kings’ first 13 contests, Joerger has sent out a two-big lineup consisting of DeMarcus Cousins and Kosta Koufos playing the four and the five. It hasn’t worked, according to Joerger.
“I’ve seen enough. We’re going to play small,” said Joerger to ESPN. “DeMarcus is going to play center. I don’t know who else is going to play with him, but it gives us more zip.”
Invoking this change is the 121-115 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins had 38 points and 13 boards, but a small lineup change made the game a lot more competitive. Koufos didn’t play in the second half. Instead, Sacramento went with a two point guard lineup of Darren Collison and Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo at the three, and Rudy Gay at the four.
Matt Barnes and Garrett Temple got some decent run time as well, and it’ll be interesting to see if Joerger elects to keep those two behind Afflalo in the rotation.
Collison and Lawson will easily thrive in a small lineup; as will Gay. Both guards will be able to utilize their quickness and get to the cup, while Gay continues to be versatile. It’ll come down to Barnes or Temple ahead of Afflalo because he’s a total defensive liability. The fifth guy in that lineup won’t need to be offensive-minded, and that’s where Afflalo lacks.
There will be plenty of offense between DMC, Lawson, Gay and Collison, the least they could do is have Barnes’ grittiness out there to anchor the defense.
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