Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein mentioned himself next to Kristaps Porzingis, and few statements are more absurd than that.
Willie Cauley-Stein is in his third season with the Sacramento Kings, and he’s made steady improvements during his short career. After 12 games, the former sixth overall selection is averaging 8.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 24.2 minutes a night. Sacramento picked Cauley-Stein just two spots after the New York Knicks selected Kristaps Porzginis in the 2015 draft, and the University of Kentucky product doesn’t see much difference between the two.
“I think I just gotta get more selfish,” said Cauley-Stein to Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. “Offensively, I gotta get to the point that I’m just going at dudes like him. Guarding him, and then watching his game, you take away, oh, this is what he’s doing. I have the same body size, the same skill level, just transfer it over to a game now. But being behind in the race, he’s been doing it for a while.”
That quote, is, um, yeah. There are several layers to it. Cauley-Stein’s comments came after the Knicks blasted the Kings on Saturday night, 118-91. In that game, Willie Trill had five points on 2-of-6 shooting and added three rebounds and three assists. Porzingis had 34 points and went 11-of-21 from the field. It was a fascinating choice of words considering the outcome.
The NBA’s website lists Cauley-Stein at 7-0, 240 pounds, three inches shorter than Porzingis. As far as skill is concerned, Porzingis is a unicorn, and Cauley-Stein is someone who’s reliant on other players to create his offense. (That’s not a bad thing.)
I think the best part of that quote is when he says he’ll transfer his skill to the game. There’s a very, very, very minuscule chance that Willie Cauley-Stein comes out in during his next game and hangs 35 on his opponent behind a barrage of threes and bank shots over defenders who have no chance of stopping him.
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