Sacramento Kings Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Jackson mustered five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and two rebounds across 19 minutes in Wednesday's 105-100 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Despite garnering the start at small forward, Jackson was the least productive member of the starting five while also seeing the lowest minutes allotment among the first teamers. Veteran Garrett Temple ended up logging a robust 30 minutes off the bench at Jackson's expense, although he wasn't exactly efficient himself while generating just five points over that span. Jackson will look to make more of an impact in a Friday road tilt against the Mavericks.
News: Hill provided 16 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and three assists across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 105-100 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Hill certainly did his part in the narrow loss, but he was hit with a critical foul on what initially appeared to be a steal of an Eric Gordon inbounds pass with 26 seconds remaining and the Kings down 98-95. The veteran point guard is expected to draw starts at point guard over rookie De'Aaron Fox for the time being, but that arrangement is certainly subject to change as the season unfolds. In the interim, however, Hill should remain a solid source of scoring, rebounds and assists as one of the elder statesmen of a young Kings squad.
News: Fox posted 14 points (7-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five assists and four rebounds across 24 minutes in Wednesday's 105-100 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: The 2017 fifth overall pick didn't let a second-team assignment for the opener stop him from outscoring a couple of members of the starting five and making a splash in his regular-season pro debut. Fox yielded the start at point guard to veteran George Hill on Wednesday, and although that arrangement may prove to be the status quo for the time being, the rookie could well vault into the top spot in due time, especially if he's able to churn out stat lines the caliber of Wednesday's on a consistent basis off the bench.
News: Hield generated 19 points (8-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists and one steal across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 105-100 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: After a rough finish to preseason in which he shot between 18.2 and 27.3 percent in three of the last four games, Hield bounced back with a much stronger effort to kick off his first full season in a Kings uniform. The 2016 sixth overall pick drained four consecutive shots midway through the third quarter, a stretch that included a fall-away jumper and pair of threes. The Kings will hope to get plenty of similar efforts from Hield in the coming season, as he's being counted on as one of the cornerstones of a promising young core that also includes Willie Cauley-Stein, 2017 first-round picks De'Aaron Fox and Justin Jackson, and Skal Labissiere.
News: Labissiere provided 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 105-100 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Labissiere's team-high five turnovers served as the one notable blemish on his otherwise strong opening night, as the 21-year-old continued to flash the same impressive form as he often did during preseason. Labissiere played a solid 18.5 minutes per game in his rookie campaign last year and should be in for a boost in that allotment, even if he remains behind veteran Zach Randolph (mouth) on the depth chart.
News: Cauley-Stein went for 21 points (10-15 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and three blocks across 32 minutes in Wednesday's 105-100 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Cauley-Stein drew the start at the five while Kosta Koufos came off the bench, as head coach Dave Joerger has apparently committed to a full-fledged youth movement in the frontcourt. Cauley-Stein and fellow emerging big man Skal Labissiere looked very good in tandem during preseason, and with the latter also generating a double-double Wednesday, they appear set to offer more of the same in the current campaign. With the notable shadow of DeMarcus Cousins no longer looming over him, Cauley-Stein could be poised for a breakout season and should be highly reliable source of scoring and rebounding on the majority of nights.
News: Labissiere will start Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Impact: With Zach Randolph (mouth) unavailable Wednesday, Labissiere will draw the start and should see a significant amount of minutes as part of Sacramento's frontcourt rotation. The 21-year-old should be in line for consistent playing time after averaging 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds across 18.5 minutes per game last season.
News: Jackson will start at small forward for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: After logging a few starts in the preseason, the Kings feel comfortable enough with Jackson to keep him in the top unit for Wednesday's opener. The 15th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft should see a sizable workload while working with the starting five, though once Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) returns from injury, that could cut into Jackson's playing time.
News: Fox will come off the bench for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Fox was expected to battle George Hill for rights to the starting point guard job, but coach Dave Joerger has opted to go with his veteran for now. Fox will likely see more and more minutes as the season moves forward, especially if the Kings struggle early on, though for now, Hill's presence severely hurts the rookie's promising upside as a fantasy prospect.
News: Randolph (oral surgery) will not play during Wednesday's season opener against the Rockets, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: The news doesn't come as a huge surprise, as the veteran big man didn't participate in Wednesday morning's shootaround. In his absence, Skal Labissiere should see the largest bump in playing time.
News: Randolph (oral surgery) sat out shootaround Wednesday morning, but remains questionable for the opener against the Rockets, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Randolph reportedly underwent oral surgery at some point earlier this week and it's certainly discouraging that he wasn't able to go through the team's morning shootaround. It appears he's trending towards sitting out, though continue to monitor his status up until the completion of warmups to make sure that's the case. If Randolph does sit out, Skal Labissiere should get all the minutes he can handle at power forward.