The Kings drew plenty of criticism for their decision to move on from Isaiah Thomas last offseason, but Darren Collison was terrific as the starting point guard before a hip injury ended his season in February. His reward for proving the Kings wrong? A move to the bench, most likely, after the Kings opted to sign Rajon Rondo this offseason. Collison should still play plenty of minutes, though it is fair to wonder if a backcourt with he and Rondo together is workable defensively. If not, Collison may be relegated to just backup work, a disappointing outcome after he averaged 16.1 points and 5.6 assists per game a year ago. Collison was good enough -- and Rondo was bad enough -- last season that you shouldn't give up on him entirely, but it will be hard to justify drafting him as a starter with how many good point guards are out there.
Collison (rest) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports. Collison and other key players for the Kings will call it a season as the organization will look to get Seth Curry, Ben McLemore, and James Anderson beneficial playing time, while also potentially bolstering their odds for the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery. At 28 years old, Collison still has one year remaining on his current deal with the Kings, and there's the potential for him to be their go-to point guard next season with Rajon Rondo heading into unrestricted free agency this offseason.
Collison will be rested Monday against Phoenix, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports. Collison has played 37 minutes in each of the last two games, but he'll be given the night off as the Kings not-so-quietly attempt to improve their lottery standing. With Rajon Rondo also resting, Seth Curry figures to take on a heavy workload Monday night.
Collison tallied a team-high 27 points (10-16 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and a steal over 37 minutes in Saturday's 114-112 victory over the Thunder. The veteran guard got the starting call once again in place of the resting Rajon Rondo, and as usual, capitalized on the opportunity. It was the second 20-point-plus performance for Collison in the last four games, and he equaled his highest amount of made three-pointers as well. A former quality starter at the point before Rondo arrived in town, the 28-year-old has proven highly capable of multi-category production regardless of when he enters a game. He could conceivably receive starts in Sacramento's final two games if coach George Karl opts to shut Rondo down for the season.
Collison poured in 19 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists and two rebounds over 37 minutes in Thursday's 105-97 loss to the Timberwolves. The veteran guard got the starting call again in place of the resting Rajon Rondo, and generated his 14th consecutive double-digit scoring effort. Collison was sharp from the field for the third time in the last four contests as well, and is already averaging a 50 percent success rate with his shooting over the first three games of April. The UCLA product is likely to draw at least one more start in Rondo's stead before season's end.
Collison is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves. The Kings are opting to rest Rajon Rondo Thursday, which gives Collison the opportunity to move into the starting lineup. In Collison's most recent start Saturday, he saw a whopping 39 minutes, scoring 14 points, to go along with eight assists and four rebounds. He'll likely be counted on for a ton of minutes at point guard again, so look for him to see similar playing time Thursday to what he saw in his last start on Saturday.
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