Jan 25, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) celebrates with forward Rudy Gay (8) after scoring against the Charlotte Hornets during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
For anyone that has had the pleasure of playing the sport of basketball, we can relate that there are certain spots on the hardwood where we are confident in our abilities to put the ball in the basket consistently, and then are areas that we feel the complete opposite.
Everyone has these specifics locations on the basketball court, even the professional players themselves.
Throughout this month, A Royal Pain has authored numerous articles that analyze which spots on the basketball court are the players on the Sacramento Kings successful in scoring the ball.
Without further ado, please enjoy this slideshow that contains data on which locations on the court are the sweet spots for each player on the Sacramento Kings.
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Georgios Papagiannis walks to the stage after being selected as the number thirteen overall pick to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Georgios Papagiannis is kind of the man of mystery on the team. He has only had basketball experience outside of the United States, so it is tough to really analyze the plus 7-footer.
However, thanks to Draft Express, the ARP team was able to have a clearer perspective on Papagiannis. Based on what he did in Greece, Papagiannis’ area of scoring is strictly in the paint (surprise, surprise).
He has the potential to eventually hit the midrange shot consistently, but for right now the interior is where Georgics will do most of his damage.
Mar 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Malachi Richardson (23) falls onto the scorer
When going into the draft, Malachi Richardson wasn’t the most athletic stud in his class, but his length and ability to hit three-point shots made him a promising prospect.
If Malachi hits the hardwood this season, his sweet spots would be in the perimeter areas. Although streaky in college, Richardson has the mechanics and skill level to become a player that can hit perimeter shots whether it is off the catch-and-shoot or off the dribble effectively.
To check out the complete analysis on Richardson, click here for the article.
Mar 19, 2016; Des Moines, IA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere (1) grabs a rebound against Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4) in the first half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Like his rookie counterparts, Skal Labissiere hasn’t logged any NBA minutes yet. But based on his shooting chart with the Kentucky Wildcats, the paint was where Labissiere did most of his production.
Although the data shows that Labissiere has no game beyond the perimeter, he proved in his summer league campaign the opposite as he showcased his ability to make the deep shot.
Overall, Labissiere was an interior scorer at the collegiate level, but I foresee the rookie having success as a mid-range shooter as he continues his basketball career at the professional level.
Click here to check out the full article on Labissiere.
Dec 26, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Lamar Patterson (13) dribbles against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Knicks 117-98. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Last season Lamar Patterson was a rookie that played limited time, meaning that he has a small sample so far in his NBA career. Based on this sample, Patterson had the most success when he drove to the basket or shot the ball from the left baseline perimeter.
Where Patterson struggled to make baskets were either at the top of the key or the wing locations from beyond the arc.
To check out the full article on Patterson, click here.
Nov 19, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Jordan Farmar (1) shoots against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Kings recently signed Jordan Farmar in the hopes of adding some reinforcement to the point guard position.
During his past few seasons, Farmar has shown that the perimeter is his favorite spot on the court, recording percentages of 40, 38, and 43.7. Farmar also has success in making shots in the interior, posting a percentage of 53.8.
The spots where Farmar struggles the most are in the midrange areas where he is recording percentages of 36 and 30.7.
To check out our full analysis on Farmar, click here.
April 12, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes (22) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers forward Jeff Green (8) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Based on his production from last season, Matt Barnes was at his most efficient when attempting to score in the paint, but also showed success shooting from the left-baseline perimeter.
The areas where Barnes struggled to make shots were from the midrange and the right baseline area beyond the three-point line.
Jan 2, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) during warmups before the game against the Phoenix Suns at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
In his last two seasons of play, Ben McLemore has shown inconsistency in his shooting charts. In his previous year, McLemore was successful in making shots from the paint and on the left-wing perimeter.
But when looking at the data from his 2014-2015 campaign, his sweet spots were in the paint, on the baseline perimeter areas, and the right wing perimeter.
The results say that McLemore’s best spot on the court is in the paint, but that is a little suspect.
McLemore isn’t that great of a slasher. Most of his shots made in the paint are due to scoring on the fast break, which means most of the field goals attempts by McLemore in the interior are due to easy layups and dunks.
Overall, like McLemore’s career so far, it is unknown where the former Jayhawk feels comfortable when taking shots. He hasn’t shown a consistent pattern of success in any area on the hardwood.
To see the full details on McLemore’s shooting charts, click here.
Jan 12, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver (43) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The Kings signed Anthony Tolliver this offseason hoping that he can be the stretch-four that the franchise has been longing for.
Based on his last two seasons, Tolliver has been consistently effective in making shots from the right side of the perimeter, especially on the baseline.
Although he doesn’t shoot much in this area on the court, Tolliver does struggle the most in making shots in the midrange areas.
To see the full details, shooting charts, and more on Tolliver, click here.
Apr 1, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Miami won 112-106. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Kosta Koufos is a 7-foot big man that weighs 265 pounds, an ideal body for someone who wants to score in the paint.
Based on his shooting charts, there is one area on the court where Koufos is effective, which is in the interior. Other than that, he shouldn’t be attempting shots anywhere else.
Feb 3, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard Garrett Temple (17) shoots the ball over Golden State Warriors center Marreese Speights (5) in the third quarter at Verizon Center. The Warriors won 134-121. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Based on the data, Garrett Temple is the most successful shooting on the baseline areas from the perimeter, preferably more on the left baseline.
The 6’6” guard also had success scoring in the paint as well but had trouble making shots from the midrange areas and the areas beyond the arc that weren’t the baseline.
To check out the full article on Temple, click here.
Nov 27, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi (18) dunks the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
In the last two seasons, Omri Casspi has been able to develop a reliable three-point shot. Based on the data, Casspi has been his most consistent shooting from the top of the key and driving to the basket.
The weak spots on the court where Omri struggles to make shots are in the midrange locations on the court.
To check out the complete analysis on Omri, click here.
Nov 11, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson (3) brings the ball up the court against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Similar to Farmar, Ty Lawson was also acquired by the Kings recently to help add depth to the point guard spot.
Based on the data, Lawson’s most effective spots to score are in the paint and the baselines of the perimeter. In the paint, he has a success rate of 59.6% and on the baseline perimeter areas he is recording percentages of 37.5 and 40.7, both numbers are above the average 3P% from last season.
The areas where Lawson struggled the most are in the midrange areas where he is posting percentages of 38.4 and 41.7, both numbers are under the FG% average from last season.
To check out our full analysis on Lawson, click here.
Mar 27, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) dunks the ball against the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 133-111. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY.
Based on what Willie Cauley-Stein produced last season, the paint seems to be his bread and butter.
With his 7’0” frame and insane athleticism, Willie was the beneficiary of countless tip-ins and ally-oops, which should remain the same for this season.
Although Cauley-Stein showcased a jumper last season, it is unknown whether it will be consistent for the near future. But what Kings fans do know is that Cauley-Stein should be efficient in the paint when he hits the hardwood this Fall.
To check our Cauley-Stein’s shooting chart, click here.
Feb 22, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo (4) works the ball around Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Toronto Raptors won 122-95. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Throughout the majority of his career, Arron Afflalo has been a reliable scorer.
Based on the stats, his favorite areas to score are either in the midrange areas or the baselines beyond the perimeter.
If there is an Achilles heel for the 9-year veteran, it is at the top of the key or the wings of the perimeter, but he is still recording a 3P% of 34.6% in those locations.
To check out the entire shooting chart for Afflalo, click here to view the article.
Apr 9, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) dribbles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 114-112. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Darren Collison has shown throughout his career that he is a reliable scorer. He does most of his damage driving to the basket and shooting from the baseline perimeter areas. If there is a weak link to Collison’s shooting chart, it is in the midrange areas where he is posting his least effective numbers.
To view the full details on Collison’s shooting, click here.
Mar 15, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA game at Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Lakers 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Throughout a good portion of his career, Rudy Gay has been a versatile scorer, but his areas of expertise have been in the interior and the midrange areas on the court.
He doesn’t struggle much beyond the arc, but those are the areas on the court where Rudy has recorded his lowest percentages. He has a solid success rate of 37.1 on the left baseline area, but other than that, the other numbers are mediocre.
Feb 24, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) follows his shot as he misses against the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Similar to Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins has become a player that can score in various ways. With the evolution of his three-point shot from last season, Boogie has the making of being an unstoppable scoring machine.
With this being said, however, the sweet spot for DeMarcus remains to be in the paint. The 6’11” and 270-pound specimen that consists of muscle has been a menace in the paint throughout his career, and will continue to do damage in the interior for many seasons to come.
Cousins should continue to work on his jump shot going forward, but when the purple and white need a dire basket, they should look for #15 near the basket.