The Kings added to their glut of big men when they drafted power forward Marvin Bagley with the second pick of the 2018 draft. Now, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area writes, head coach Dave Joerger will have to figure out how to juggle the frontcourt rotation.
Given his stature as one of the top picks in the summer draft, Bagley is a lock to play significant minutes for the Kings. He could see time at both the four and the five.
Ham writes that Harry Giles, a first-rounder in 2017, could see major minutes in his first taste of NBA action as well. The big man may have to shake off rust after sitting out last year to fully recover from knee injuries, but could be part of the Kings’ starting frontcourt of the future.
There’s more from the Pacific Division this evening:
- A batch of coaching changes demonstrate the Clippers‘ franchise-wise commitment toward player development, Tomer Azarly of the team’s official site writes. The club will have Casey Hill join Doc Rivers’ staff after serving last year as the head coach of the team’s G League squad. Brian Adams will take his place with the Ontario affiliate and Natalie Nakase will move from the G League to big league squad’s development staff.
- Clippers‘ forward Danilo Gallinari will ask the team to let him play for the Italian national club in September, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando writes. Gallinari was limited to just 21 games last season due to a fractured hand but appears to be healthy this summer.
- A panel of ESPN staffers has concluded that the team that added the greatest basketball player of his generation will have the biggest turnaround this season. Alas, LeBron James‘ Lakers are also expected to suffer from the most team turmoil, according to ESPN’s panel.
8 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Kings, Clippers, Lakers”
Guess the media is running with the idea a bunch of guys on 1 year deals who signed there to play with Lebron will cause turmoil.
Lance stephenson rajon rando michael beasely and javelle mcgee are 4/5 the nba all attitude team.
Its an easy choice to assume when youve got as many personality issues on your team as the rest of the league does combined.
I honestly don’t recall hearing any problems from those guys last season. Correct me if I’m wrong I know they’ve all had their issues in the past but didn’t seem to have any last year.
Don’t forget when you follow athletes for awhile you’re literally watching them grow up. I’ve rarely met anyone in their early 20s that had it all figured out.
On the surface at least three four seemed to have taken a step back from their past hijinks.
Maybe not though, whenever I hear Lance Stevenson the first thing I think of is clown.
Lakers are a lock at #2 in the WC, so who cares if there is turmoil or not, which to me seems unlikely. Last year many could say Cleveland had more turmoil than any team in years, they got to the finals, so who cares. LBJ makes all good, man.
They might have a big turnaround, but I’d hardly call them a lock. Golden State is not even a lock for the #1 seed. If you remember, they were #2 last year when people assumed they would be a “lock” at the #1 seed. If LeBron has any sort of injury, the Lakers will be back in the lottery. A lot can happen in 82 games.
When has JaVale been a problem? He has mental lapses on the court that frequently land him on Shaqtin a fool, but everything I have heard is he’s a great guy and his teammates like him.
Beasley hasn’t been a problem in years, Rondo will enjoy playing with a teammate as intelligent as LBJ, and Lance…?!
2nd in the West is ridiculous, but 4-5 isn’t. They’re not better than GS, Houston on Utah.
ESPN will hire anyone these days…
Turmoil because you have a drama QUEEN IN LEFRAUD, that’s why. Geez!