Labissiere saw ample playing time and produced a solid line despite considerable struggles with his shot. The third-year big has the ability to back up both frontcourt positions, although that part of the roster is deeper than in past seasons with second overall pick Marvin Bagley, 2017 first-round pick Harry Giles and veterans Zach Randolph and Nemanja Bjelica among those jockeying for playing time.
Labissiere said earlier in the week that he's improved his training methods over the past few months and has turned in his "best offseason" of his basketball career, Kyle Ramos of the Kings' official site reports.
Labissiere ended his second NBA campaign in street clothes while managing an sprained left ankle, but it wasn't anything that dramatically delayed his preparation for the upcoming season. While it's good to hear that the 2016 first-round pick is seemingly motivated to improve after a so-so sophomore season, it's difficult to see his role growing much in 2018-19. In addition to selecting fellow big man Marvin Bagley with the No. 2 overall selection in June, the Kings are expected to give 2017 first-round pick Harry Giles consistent minutes in the frontcourt after Giles missed the entire 2017-18 season while recovering from knee surgery. Along with those two young cornerstones, Labissiere's playing time may be threatened by holdovers Willie Cauley-Stein, Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos and offseason pickups Nemanja Bjelica and Deyonta Davis.
Labissiere's points-per-game average was down from last year as he shot a career worst 44.8 percent from the floor, although his free-throw percentage increased by 10 percent. The former first-round pick out of Kentucky has one more deal left on his rookie contract at the price tag of around $1.5 million next season.
Labissiere (ankle) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's season finale against the Rockets, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Labissiere has missed the last three games with a sprained left ankle, and the Kings will err on the side of caution with their second year big man. Jakarr Sampson and Nigel Hayes figure to continue seeing increased run in his absence.
Labissiere (ankle) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Spurs, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 in Sacramento reports.
Labissiere is nursing a sprained left ankle, and Monday will represent his third consecutive absence. He'll have one more opportunity to play -- Wednesday vs. Houston -- before the end of the season.
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