Labissiere will start at power forward in Friday's tilt versus the Trail Blazers, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
The Kings have opted to shake up their starting lineup Friday, and Labissiere will benefit by drawing his third start of the season. He has averaged 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds across 27.5 minutes in his two previous start. The second year big man figures to matchup against fellow rookie Caleb Swanigan to start the game.
Labissiere will return to the bench for Tuesday's matchup against the Pacers, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
With Zach Randolph (foot) sitting out Sunday, Labissiere drew the start at power forward in his place, finishing with 10 points, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 22 minutes. However, Randolph has officially been cleared to play Tuesday and will reclaim his role in the top unit, which sends Labissiere back to a bench role. Labissiere could see a few less minutes as a result.
Labissiere will start at power forward for Sunday's game against the Wizards, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Labissiere will be picking up his second start of the season, as veteran Zach Randolph will be getting the night off for rest. In his first start during the season opener, Labissiere had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes, so he'll be on double-double watch one again while working with the top unit. He'll be a solid value play for Sunday's slate of games, though his value will take a hit once Randolph is back in the lineup Tuesday.
Labissiere went for 11 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 15 minutes in Thursday's 114-106 loss to the Pelicans.
Labissiere once again demonstrated his ability to make the most out of limited minutes, as he remained aggressive and shot better than 50 percent for the third time in the first five games. The 21-year-old has four double-digit scoring efforts overall despite averaging just 23.0 minutes per contest, and he also brings plenty of rebounding upside to the table. Given the Kings' rebuilding mindset this season, head coach Dave Joerger is likely to afford a promising prospect like Labissiere plenty of playing time on both units throughout the campaign.
Labissiere managed 17 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds and one block across 28 minutes in Monday's 117-115 loss to the Suns.
Labissiere ceded the start at power forward to Zach Randolph once again, but he actually outpaced the veteran by 13 minutes of playing time. The second-year big man's scoring total was a season high, and he's now shot 54.5 percent (12-for-22) over his last two games. Labissiere has also hit double digits in the scoring column in three of his first four contests, and he's encouragingly averaged 26.5 minutes over the aforementioned pair of contests despite his second-unit role.
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