Kings Looking for a ‘Conventional’ Point Guard?

by November 25, 2010

Things haven’t gone well for the Kings so far this season, and a lot of the blame is falling on their unimaginative offensive schemes. The Sac Bee reports that the front-office is on the hunt for a traditional point guard so that Tyreke Evans can play off the ball more: “Late Monday night, a visibly upset Beno Udrih basically summarized what advance scouts (and many of his teammates) have been reporting about the Kings for weeks: ‘We’re predictable. We don’t make other teams work for anything, never attack from different sides of the floor. We don’t move the ball. It’s all one-on-one.’ In fairness to [Paul] Westphal, everyone acknowledges the Kings are far from a finished product. They need outside shooting like ski resorts need snow. They need DeMarcus Cousins to behave like a mature adult, not a 20-year-old kid. They need a facilitator so they can move Tyreke Evans to shooting guard or small forward and exploit his strength and natural scoring instincts. Better yet, they need Geoff Petrie to acquire a more conventional point guard – or a player whose skills would better complement those of Evans – and accelerate the learning process. (The Kings are aggressively pursuing a move and reportedly have inquired about Atlanta’s Jeff Teague and Houston’s Aaron Brooks, among others, though team officials declined to comment on the speculation.) ‘There’s no point bemoaning what we don’t have,’ Westphal added. ‘Right now with this team, the best possible thing we can (accomplish) is to put together a defensive identity. Put the pieces together in a way that fits. Be the best defensive team we can be. We will work it out offensively. I don’t think anyone expected us to look like the 1971 Knicks after 13 games.'”