Sacramento Kings Player News: All Positions

News: Bjelica (coach's decision) failed to see any action in Thursday's 125-123 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Bogdan Bogdanovic moved into the starting five on the while Harrison Barnes shifted over to power forward on the top unit, resulting in Bjelica heading to the bench for the first time since December. There was some thought that coach Dave Joerger might have tweaked the starting five to create a better matchup versus Golden State, but Joerger revealed after the contest that he would stick with the same lineup moving forward. If that's the case, Bjelica will likely find himself out of the rotation entirely in most games, as the Kings have little incentive to reduce the playing time for reserve rookie big men Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles.
News: Bagley totaled 28 points (8-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 11-14 FT), 14 rebounds, and one steal in 34 minutes during Thursday's 125-123 loss to Golden State.
Impact: Bagley played a team-high 34 minutes despite continuing to come off the bench, ending with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Nemanja Bjelica fell out of the rotation here and Bagley could be in line for a nice boost in production moving forward.
News: Bogdanovic finished with 14 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) six assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 31 minutes during Thursday's 125-123 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Bogdanovic moved into the starting lineup, ending the night with a solid all-around line. Coach Dave Joerger said after the contest that he would stick with the starting five moving forward, which could result in Bogdanovic enjoying a slight bump in minutes while Harrison Barnes moves over to power forward. Meanwhile, Nemanja Bjelica, who had been previously worked on the top unit, was dropped from the rotation entirely, as Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles maintained their usual roles as the top backups in the frontcourt.
News: Bjelica will come off the bench Thursday against Golden State, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bjelica has been shifted to a bench role after Bogdan Bogdanovic was named in the starting lineup. Bjelica is averaging 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his previous five contests, but the Kings will go with a new look to kick off the second half of the season.
News: Bogdanovic will start Thursday against the Warriors, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bogdanovic will draw the nod at small forward, pushing Harrison Barnes to power forward and bumping Nemanja Bjelica to the bench. Bogdanovic produced at a high rate in his last four contests before the All-Star break, posting averages of 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals.
News: Brewer signed a 10-day contract with the Kings on Monday.
Impact: Brewer didn't appear in a game during his first 10-day stint with the Kings, so he doesn't figure to play a large role in his second go-around. Once his upcoming 10-day contract expires, Sacramento will need to either sign Brewer for the remainder of the season or cut him loose.
News: Giles produced just seven points (1-2 FG, 5-5 FT), in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 120-118 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Giles has seen his playing time diminish over the past three games, resulting in a dip in production. The arrival of Harrison Barnes has likely cut into Giles minutes somewhat, although his value was limited to deeper formats prior to the trade anyway.
News: Fox totaled 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 assists, and four rebounds in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 120-118 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Fox ended Wednesday's loss with a double-double including 10 assists. Fox has cooled off after a blistering start to the season, hitting multiple three-pointers just once in his past 15 games. The scoring has fluctuated but the assists have remained reasonably constant. The loss puts the Kings one win out of the eighth-seed, a position they are likely to continue competing for after the break.
News: Barnes finished with 19 points (7-19 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 120-118 loss to Denver.
Impact: Barnes dropped a 19-and-11 double-double Wednesday, playing a whopping 41 minutes. Barnes is yet to shoot better than 37 percent during his time with the Kings but continues to see big minutes. The four steals across his last two games would appear to be a fluke and he typically provides points and threes on low efficiency.
News: Burks ended with just three rebounds in 21 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over the Suns.
Impact: Burks played 21 minutes in his second game for Sacramento, but finished with just three rebounds, missing his single attempt from the field. Burks finds himself in a far less favorable position in Sacramento and will likely fade out of the standard league conversation.
News: Barnes tallied nine points (3-9 FG, 1-7 3Pt), 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 30 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over Phoenix.
Impact: Barnes managed just nine points in his second game as a King, a somewhat underwhelming effort. The two steals were nice but Barnes value relies almost solely on his scoring and he could find it difficult to match his numbers from Dallas given the point scoring ability on the Kings roster.
News: Bogdanovic totaled 14 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block in 27 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over the Suns.
Impact: Bogdanovic played 27 minutes off the bench Sunday, ending the contest with 14 points and a full line. There was some speculation he would move into the starting lineup after Iman Shumpert was traded but it appears as though he will be running with the second unit, at least for the time being. He has put up some inconsistent numbers of late but should still be rostered in all formats moving forward.
News: Bagley finished with 32 points (10-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 11-13 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 32 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over the Suns.
Impact: Bagley went off for a career-high 32 points Sunday, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. Bagley continues to develop his game and the Kings have to be thrilled with his recent production. He outplayed DeAndre Ayton in this one, perhaps somewhat justifying the Kings draft selection.
News: Swanigan (coach's decision) was inactive for Sunday's 117-104 win over the Suns.
Impact: After coming over in a trade from Portland on Thursday, Swanigan was withheld from action in Friday's 102-96 win over the Heat since he didn't have a chance to practice with his new team. Swanigan received the opportunity to work out with the Kings on Saturday, but as was the case in Portland, he's not viewed as a regular rotation player at this juncture. The Kings were at full strength Sunday and coach Dave Joerger evidently didn't view the big man as one of the team's top 13 players, so it may take an injury before Swanigan even gets a chance to dress for a contest.
News: Giles totaled 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one steal across 17 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Giles outscored fellow young big Marvin Bagley III in the win, posting his third straight double-digit scoring effort in the process, and his fourth in the last five games overall. The 2017 first-round pick hasn't really experienced any increase in playing time, but a boost in usage has led to what is his best multi-game offensive stretch of the campaign thus far. Giles has notably taken between eight and 12 shots in the aforementioned quartet of contests, an encouraging development for those holding him in deep formats and keeper/dynasty leagues.
News: Fox mustered 12 points (5-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds and four steals across 30 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: His non-scoring production helped spruce up his final line, but Fox endured his third sub-30-percent shooting night over the last 11 games. A handful of such clunkers aside, the second-year guard has been vastly improved this season, and his ball-handling, facilitation and defense have all served as strong complements to both his real-world and fantasy output. Fox has now drained less than 40.0 percent of his attempts in three of the first four games of February, however, so an uptick in efficiency would certainly be a welcome sight.
News: Barnes registered 12 points (3-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds and two assists across 37 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Barnes was inserted right into the starting five in his team debut, and although his shot was less than sharp, he provided a solid line overall. The 26-year-old shooting struggles actually date back to the final two games of his Mavericks tenure, as he's now shot under 40.0 percent in three straight contests. However, Barnes certainly has the talent to bounce back, and the Kings' fast-paced offense has the potential to do wonders for his overall production.
News: Bogdanovic poured in 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and added five rebounds, four assists and two steals across 34 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Bogdanovic's scoring total led the second unit and was second only to Buddy Hield for the Kings on the night. The 26-year-old started February off in a significant shooting slump over his first two games (6-for-22, including 1-for-11 from three-point range), but he's bounced back to post consecutive double-digit scoring tallies. Bogdanovic looked set to enter the starting five upon the recent trade of Iman Shumpert, but the acquisition of Harrison Barnes likely keeps Bogdanovic in a high-volume second-unit role for the foreseeable future.
News: Hield contributed 23 points (8-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 34 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
Impact: Hield was key to the Kings' furious fourth-quarter comeback, and he capped the rally by sinking a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining. The third-year wing has shot 50.0 percent in three of his past five games, and he now has a 20-game streak with multiple three-pointers. Hield has also turned in impressive work on the boards thus far in February, as he's hauled in between six and 10 boards in each of the first four games of the new month.
News: Swanigan (not injury related) is inactive for Friday's game against Miami, play-by-play announcer Mike Inglis reports.
Impact: Swanigan was dealt to the Kings from the Trail Blazers on Thursday, although he's evidently not ready to take the court for his new team just yet. His next opportunity to play will come Sunday against the Suns.
News: Bogdanovic will come off the bench Friday against Miami, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Sacramento's newest addition, Harrison Barnes, will enter the starting lineup after Iman Shumpert was traded to the Rockets, so Bogdanovic will head back to the bench. He's averaging 10.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steal in his last five games as a role player.
News: Barnes will draw the start Friday against the Heat, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: As predicted, Barnes will join the first unit, pushing Bogdan Bogdanovic to a bench role. Barnes has scored 10 or more points in each of his last four contests and will look to extend that streak in his first game with the Kings.
News: Brewer is available to play in Friday's contest against Miami, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: After signing a 10-day contract with the Kings on Thursday, it appears as though the veteran will make his debut with his new team during the matchup versus the Heat on Friday.
News: Brewer is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Kings, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Brewer showed some life during his last stint with the 76ers, and he posted averages of 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.7 steals through seven contests. He'll add a much-needed veteran presence to Sacramento's locker room and will have 10 days to prove to the Kings that he's worth a contract for the remainder of the season.
News: Burks is expected to make his Kings' debut in Friday's game against the Heat, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
Impact: Burks is one of two new Sacramento players that are expected to make their debuts in the purple and black Friday, with former Maverick Harrison Barnes being the other. While Buddy Hield will likely continue to take on majority of the minutes at shooting guard, Burks will likely take on most of the backcourt minutes that once belonged to Iman Shumpert before he was traded to Houston.
News: Barnes (not injury related) is expected to be available Friday against the Heat, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Barnes was dealt to the Kings on Wednesday and should get through his physicals in time to suit up for Friday's action. There's a strong chance he'll start at power forward, which would push Nemanja Bjelica to the bench.
News: Swanigan was dealt to the Kings on Thursday in exchange for Skal Labissiere, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Swanigan hasn't made much of an impact over the past season-and-a-half, so the Blazers will flip him to Sacramento for another underachieving big man in Labissiere. Swanigan had been a DNP-CD in all but two games since the start of January, and neither either player involved projects to make much of an impact in the fantasy landscape any time soon.
News: Bagley had 10 points (4-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 127-101 loss to Houston.
Impact: Bagley finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double. After dropping a career-high 24 points just 48 hours earlier, Bagley was far more subdued here but still managed a solid enough line. He continues to improve from game to game and is clearly a must-roster player in all formats moving forward.
News: Hield totaled 20 points (8-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, and two assists in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 127-101 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Hield put up his third double-double of the season Wednesday, ending the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The game was over by halftime and so the fact he still played 33 minutes is encouraging. Hield is having a breakout year with the only real negative being his downturn in steal numbers.
News: Bogdanovic finished with 13 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 127-101 loss to Houston.
Impact: Bogdanovic moved into the starting lineup after Iman Shumpert was traded to the Rockets prior to tipoff. The Kings were completely outplayed, however, Bogdanovic was able to put up numbers across the board after a couple of sub-par performances. His elevation to the starting unit could be a permanent move but that remains to be seen. Alec Burks will come across as part of the trade and has been playing well for the Cavaliers. The likelihood is that Bogdanovic will be the priority and his role shouldn't change, whether he is starting or coming off the bench.
News: The Mavericks traded Barnes to the Kings on Wednesday in exchange for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: News of the deal spread while Barnes was in the midst of playing for Dallas in their 99-93 win over the Hornets, with the 26-year-old finishing his final game with the Mavericks with 10 points (4-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes. With his new team, Barnes appears likely to step in as a starter at either small or power forward, with Nemanja Bjelica likely being the most negatively impacted by his arrival. Though he had been the top offensive complement to Luka Doncic in Dallas with an average of 17.7 points per game, Barnes' usage will probably plummet while he joins a more talented supporting cast in Sacramento. Given Barnes' dearth of production outside of the points category, it could be tough to justify rostering him in 12-team formats if his scoring takes an expected dip.
News: Bogdanovic will start Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bogdanovic will be elevated to the starting five Wednesday as usual starter Iman Shumpert was dealt to the Rockets earlier in the day. It's unclear if Bogdanovic will continue to start once Alec Burks joins the team, but it's certainly a possibility as the second-year guard is having an excellent season, averaging 14.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game.
News: Burks was traded from the Cavaliers to the Kings on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Kings also received a second-round pick from Cleveland, while the Cavs received Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a 2019 first-round pick from Houston, and the Rockets received Wade Baldwin and Nik Stauskas from the Cavaliers and Iman Shumpert from the Kings. Burks has been a solid contributor since joining Cleveland earlier in the year, averaging 11.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists through 34 games with the Cavaliers. It's unclear what role the guard will immediately play with his new team, though there are minutes to be had following Shumpert's departure.
News: Bjelica tallied seven points (3-7 FG, 1-5 3Pt), three rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's 127-112 victory over San Antonio.
Impact: Bjelica ended Monday's game with just seven points in 21 minutes. He has scored in single-figures in 11 of his past 13 games and his time in the starting unit could soon come to an end. Marvin Bagley is firing on all cylinders at the moment and if you are holding onto Bjelica in any 12-team leagues, he can safely be dropped.
News: Fox ended with 20 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Monday's 127-112 victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Despite seeing his production dip slightly of late, Fox remains a must roster player in every format. Yogi Ferrell was hot during the fourth quarter here, which may have taken some court time away from Fox. That being said, owners have to be thrilled with the numbers and will hope he can continue with this type of form against the Rockets on Wednesday.
News: Ferrell totaled 19 points (7-7 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and two assists in 17 minutes during Monday's 127-112 victory over San Antonio.
Impact: Ferrell dominated the last quarter, helping the Kings pull away to record a 15-point victory. Ferrell has the ability to score the ball in bunches but typically produces nowhere near enough to warrant rostering outside of deeper formats.
News: Bagley finished with 24 points (10-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and one steal in 31 minutes during Monday's 127-112 victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Bagley dropped a career-high 24 points Monday, adding 12 rebounds while putting up his third straight double-double. Everything is pointing in the right direction for the rookie who thrilled the home fans with an impressive 360 alley-oop dunk. Despite coming off the bench, Bagley is playing starters minutes and continues to impress on both ends of the floor.
News: Cauley-Stein produced 19 points (8-9 FG, 3-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and two steals over 33 minutes in Saturday's 115-108 win over the Sixers.
Impact: The 24-year old center is rounding into form in his fourth season with the Kings, as he's outplaying his previous yearly averages with 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The improved play of Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox has yielded more looks inside for Cauley-Stein, and he's shown vast improvement in the post versus the NBA's best big men.
News: Fox registered 19 points (5-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 8-9 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and three steals across 35 minutes in Saturday's 115-108 win over the Sixers.
Impact: Fox continues his sophomore season as one of the league's most underrated point guards, and his ability to distribute the ball to his other playmakers played a crucial role in Saturday's victory. The 20-year old is blowing out his rookie averages with 17.5 points and 7.2 assists per game and ranks seventh in the NBA with 1.7 steals per game.
News: Bagley turned in 14 points (7-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 13 rebounds, an assist and a steal across 33 minutes in Saturday's 115-108 win over the Sixers.
Impact: Although Nemjana Bjelica drew the start, Bagley continues to outplay him from the bench. He logged 20 more minutes and nine more points than Bjelica on Saturday, in what seems to be a growing trend that favors the rookie. It was never a question that the 2018 first-round pick would be a centerpiece of the Kings' future plans, but that inevitability is becoming more and more apparent as the season continues.
News: Hield produced 24 points (12-21 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and a steal across 35 minutes in Saturday's 115-108 win over the Sixers.
Impact: Hield came into the game ranking fourth in the league for 3-point percentage, and he certainly upped that average with a masterful 7-for-13 performance from beyond the arc on Saturday. This statement win is a great motivator for the Kings as they head into the All-Star break. Hield will be a crucial component as they try to squeeze their way into playoff contention in the West.
News: Ferrell accumulated 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt), four assists, and three rebounds in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 135-113 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Ferrell finished January with his best monthly averages in assists (2.6), rebounds (2.3), and minutes (18.5). Still, he's merely a modest statistical contributor operating in a reserve role and should be reserved for use in deeper leagues.
News: Bagley produced 17 points (7-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 135-113 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Bagley turned in his seventh double-double through 37 appearances. Having closed January out on a high note, he finished with his best monthly averages in scoring (13.4), rebounding (7.7), and minutes (24.9) per game. Expect the rookie to remain highly involved regardless of whether he eventually forces his way into the starting lineup this season or not.
News: Bogdanovic contributed 16 points (5-14 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 135-113 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Bogdanovic earned a team high minute total and filled up the box score, but he was fairly inefficient from the field. The 26-year-old sophomore has essentially been operating as the backup point guard, and his 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game during January are both the best monthly marks of his career.
News: Giles registered 20 points (10-12 FG), seven rebounds, and one assist in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 135-113 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Giles poured in a career high scoring total while missing only two field-goal attempts. January was already by far his best month of the season, and he finished it on a high note. With that being said, the team's depth down low limits his value to deeper leagues.
News: Bagley registered 14 points (5-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and three blocks across 20 minutes in Sunday's 122-108 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Bagley posted his third-straight double-digit scoring total Sunday, as he has played well in his minutes since receiving a start two games ago. He wasn't a high pick for no reason, and it's a matter of time until he shows people his full potential.
News: Bogdanovic recorded 19 points (5-13 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), three steals, two assists and one rebound across 31 minutes in Sunday's 122-108 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Bogdanovic stunk it up from three-point range, hitting just one of his seven attempts, but still found a way to contribute a 19-point outing off the bench. His ability to get to the charity stripe nine times in the game allowed for easy points, and he has now eclipsed 15 points in six of his last eight games.
News: Shumpert tallied 16 points (5-13 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 31 minutes in Sunday's 122-108 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Shumpert had his best scoring outing in the last 10 games, unleashing most of his shots from deep in the process. The six rebounds along with the scoring might make for one of Shumpert's best games this season, but with a starting role, there is plenty of potential for similar games moving forward.
News: Fox totaled 21 points (8-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 32 minutes in Sunday's 122-108 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Fox didn't see much help from his teammates on the offensive end Sunday, although he had his own issues with four turnovers to his name. Fox has still scored over 20 points in each of the last two games and is one of the promising young talents in the game.
News: Hield had 26 points (9-18 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 36 minutes during Friday's 99-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Hield is enjoying his best scoring month of the season while maintaining incredible efficiency, complete with sky-high shooting percentages. This is the seventh time that Hield has drained at least six threes this season, with each of those performances taking place across the last 19 games.
News: Cauley-Stein collected 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, five steals, two assists, and one block in 31 minutes during Friday's 99-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Cauley-Stein finished with a season high steal total while earning at least 30 minutes for the first time since Jan. 12. After averaging 28.9 minutes per game in December and seeing 30-plus minutes in five of the first seven games of January, Cauley-Stein hasn't been quite as involved lately. As a result, his numbers have dipped a bit during this recent stretch, as he hasn't hoisted double-digit field-goal attempts once over the last five games and has grabbed just six rebounds in each of the last four contests.
News: Bjelica chipped in 17 points (6-10 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 11 rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 99-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Bjelica returned to the lineup following a one-game absence with a back injury. However, the ailment showed no signs of lingering, as Bjelica tallied his fifth double-double and fifth showing with at least four made threes through 48 appearances. The 30-year-old forward recorded only seven double-doubles through his first three seasons (192 appearances), which he could end up surpassing in this season alone. Moreover, Bjelica is maintaining career-high per-game averages in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, made threes, and minutes while connecting on career-best shooting percentages from the field and beyond the arc.
News: Fox accumulated 22 points (8-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 36 minutes during Friday's 99-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Fox returned from a one-game absence with a foot injury, his first missed contest of the campaign. He delivered a well-rounded line, albeit with more turnovers (seven) than dimes while helping his team squeak out another victory. Fox is likely to be as aggressive as ever in Sunday's matchup with the Clippers given their close proximity in the playoff race.
News: Bagley tallied 14 points (6-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 29 minutes during Friday's 99-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Bagley finished with more field-goal attempts than points but stuffed the stat sheet, contributing in every category except threes. The 19-year-old rookie has reached double figures in scoring in seven of the last eight games, with the exception being a nine-point effort (on three-of-seven from the field) across 20 minutes. Bagley is averaging 25.1 minutes through nine appearances here in January, slightly ahead of his previous best of 24.7 minutes per game back in November.
News: Shumpert had one point (0-6 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 28 minutes during Friday's 99-96 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Shumpert made his return to the lineup following a one-game absence for rest purposes. However, he struggled with his shot, failing to convert on a single field-goal attempt. He has combined to score just 30 points (on 11-of-52 from the field) across his last six appearances without surpassing seven points once during that stretch. Shumpert is still earning ample minutes, but his inefficient offense has made him an undesirable option across most formats.
News: Shumpert will return to the starting lineup in Friday's game against the Bulls, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: It was announced at the arena that Bogdan Bogdanovic would be getting the start over Shumpert, so it was a surprise to see Shumpert out there at tip-off. It is unclear what caused the miscommunication, but he will return to his usual role following a one-game absence.
News: Bagley will return to a reserve role in Friday's game against the Grizzlies, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Bagley excelled in his first career start Tuesday to the tune of 22 points (10-20 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 38 minutes. Owners were hopeful the impressive outing would earn him another starting opportunity, but the Kings have elected to insert a healthy Nemanja Bjelica back in the starting lineup. Bagley has averaged 23 minutes per game off the bench, and will presumably see a similar workload Friday.
News: Ferrell will come off the bench Friday against the Grizzlies, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: With De'Aaron Fox (toe) returning to the starting five, Ferrell will resume his usual role off the bench. As a reserve, he's averaging 5.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds across 13.5 minutes.
News: Bjelica will start Friday against the Grizzlies, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Bjelica missed Tuesday's game against Toronto due to a back injury, but he's feeling well enough to play and return to the starting lineup Friday, pushing Marvin Bagley back to the bench. Over his past eight appearances, Bjelica is averaging 3.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 17.5 minutes.
News: Labissiere (personal) isn't listed on the Kings' injury report ahead of Friday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Labissiere was unavailable for the Kings' previous game Tuesday in Toronto while tending to a personal matter. His absence from the injury report indicates that Labissiere has joined the Kings in Memphis, though his availability hardly means that he'll dress for the contest. The third-year big man out of Kentucky has been outside of coach Dave Joerger's rotation throughout the season and has made just eight appearances in total since the beginning of November.
News: Shumpert (rest) isn't listed on the Kings' injury report ahead of Friday's game in Memphis.
Impact: As expected, Shumpert will be ready to roll Friday after he was held out of the second half of the back-to-back set Tuesday in Toronto merely for maintenance purposes. He should reclaim his usual spot as one of the Kings' starting wings, a role that has translated to averages of 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 triples, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game in January.
News: Bjelica (back) was removed from the Kings' injury report ahead of Friday's game against the Grizzlies.
Impact: Bjelica missed his first game of the season Tuesday in Toronto due to his back injury, but the Kings may have just exercising precaution with him more than anything for the second half of the back-to-back set. Though Bjelica has served as the Kings' starting power forward for much of the season, his production has been on the downswing in January and his job security on the top unit might be waning. It didn't help Bjelica's case that rookie Marvin Bagley put up a big line (22 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 38 minutes) in Tuesday's contest while the veteran sat out.
News: Fox (toe) was removed from Thursday's injury report.
Impact: Fox had started every game this season for Sacramento prior to being held out of Tuesday's game against the Raptors. Now healthy again he'll figure to resume his typical role in the starting rotation.
News: Bogdanovic recorded 16 points (6-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine assists, eight rebounds, and three steals across 36 minutes in Tuesday's 120-105 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: With three usual starters absent, Bogdanovic saw plenty of minutes and shots during Tuesday's contest, turning it into a respectable stat line even with a subpar shooting percentage. Over the last two games, Bogdanovic has averaged 19 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and 2.5 steals, amazing numbers that could be somewhat maintained if Bogdanovic continues got pass effectively.
News: Ferrell tallied 10 points (4-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt), seven rebounds, six assists and two steals across 39 minutes in Tuesday's 120-105 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Ferrell's ability to stuff the stat sheet Tuesday night allowed him to set or tie single-game highs for every category besides points. Ferrell stepped in well for De'Aaron Fox (toe), but the extended minutes may not last long given Fox's talent.
News: Bagley totaled 22 points (10-20 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 38 minutes in Tuesday's 120-105 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Bagley received his first start of his career Tuesday night and showed out, posting a double-double en route to 38 minutes played in the contest. It will remain to be seen if starter Nemanja Bjelica (back) will return to his usual role once healthy, but there are positive trends developing for Bagley.
News: Labissiere is out for personal reasons Tuesday against the Raptors, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Labissiere has struggled to find minutes this season, last playing five minutes on Jan. 7. As a result, his absence shouldn't drastically affect the team.
News: Bagley will make his first start at power forward Tuesday against the Raptors.
Impact: Usual starter Nemanja Bjelica (back) is out, so Bagley will draw the start at power forward next to Willie Cauley-Stein. It will mark Bagley's first start of his career. When seeing over 30 minutes, he's averaging 19.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks.
News: Bogdanovic will start Tuesday against the Raptors.
Impact: With Iman Shumpert (rest) out, Bogdanovic will be inserted into the starting five. De'Aaron Fox (toe) and Nemanja Bjelica (back) are out as well, which could lead to extra usage for Bogdanovic. In seven starts this season, the sophomore is averaging 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals across 30.1 minutes.
News: Ferrell is starting at point guard Tuesday against the Raptors.
Impact: Ferrell will step into the starting lineup for just the third time all season with De'Aaron Fox unavailable due to a toe injury. The 25-year-old is averaging 9.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 25.5 minutes as a starter this year.
News: Bjelica (back) will not play Tuesday against the Raptors, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: It turns out Bjelica will be forced to miss at least one game as he nurses a tight lower back. Look for Marvin Bagley and Justin Jackson to benefit from increased run with Bjelica sidelined. The 30-year-old will have a trio of days to rest and recover before his next chance to play, which comes Friday against the Grizzlies.
News: Fox (toe) is out Tuesday against the Raptors, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Fox is "resting and recharging" after Monday's loss to Brooklyn, and he'll sit out Tuesday's matchup. In his stead, Yogi Ferrell and Frank Mason should see extended run at point guard.
News: Shumpert is out for rest purposes Tuesday against the Raptors.
Impact: On the second half of a back-to-back set, the Kings will give Shumpert the night off. In his stead, Justin Jackson should see extended run.
News: Bjelica is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Raptors due to lower-back tightness.
Impact: It's unknown when Bjelica suffered the injury, but his status for Tuesday's contest is in doubt after being added to Sacramento's most recent injury report. If Bjelica can't go, expect either Marvin Bagley or Justin Jackson to get the call at power forward.
News: Fox will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Raptors due to soreness in his left big toe.
Impact: Fox's status for Tuesday's matchup in Toronto is up in the air after a toe injury flared up. His availability will likely get cleared up closer to tipoff.
News: Hield scored 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and recorded seven rebounds along with an assist across 27 minutes Monday against Brooklyn.
Impact: Hield turned in a disappointing final line by his standards, finishing well below his season scoring average on 40.0 percent shooting from the field. He did knock down three attempts from beyond the arc, however, hitting at a 50.0 percent clip. The 26-year-old guard is averaging 22.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists over his previous five matchups and will face a tough Toronto defense Tuesday in the second half of a back-to-back.
News: Jackson posted 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and registered five rebounds along with a steal and a block across 29 minutes Monday against Brooklyn.
Impact: Jackson put together one of his most impressive outings of January, finishing in double figures for the fourth time this month (11 games). His playing time off the bench has been sporadic of late, averaging just over 20 minutes per contest over his previous four matchups despite logging 29 minutes Monday. It's likely that Jackson received more run in Brooklyn due to a lopsided game.
News: Bogdanovic registered 22 points (9-19 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 32 minutes Monday against Brooklyn.
Impact: Bogdanovic notched his first double-double of the season in a disappointing 123-94 loss on the road. He received a heavy workload off the bench and proved worthy of the opportunity, knocking down shots at a 47.4 percent clip from the field and 50.0 percent from deep. One of the only drawbacks of Bogdanovic's performance was his five turnovers, but he did more than enough across the board to make up for it.
News: Cauley-Stein finished Monday's game against Brooklyn with 12 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 FT), six rebounds and two assists over 27 minutes.
Impact: Cauley-Stein only attempted eight shots from the floor, but he knocked down six of those attempts in a lopsided loss on the road. The 25-year-old has been uncharacteristically held to just six rebounds in each of his previous two games, which is well below his season average of 8.9 boards per contest. Cauley-Stein will aim to return to form on the boards Tuesday against Toronto, especially seeing as rebounding is a key strength for the former first-round pick.
News: Bagley recorded 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds and an assist across 23 minutes Thursday against Charlotte.
Impact: Bagley has been an asset off the bench since being cleared to play, notching four straight double-digit scoring performances while also averaging 7.0 rebounds a night over that span. The Kings have slowly eased him back into action since returning from a substantial knee injury, and he's rewarded them with solid contributions. It's also encouraging to see that Bagley has logged 23 or more minutes in each of his previous three matchups.
News: Cauley-Stein totaled eight points (4-6 FG), 11 rebounds, four assists, a block and three steals across 27 minutes Thursday against Charlotte.
Impact: Cauley-Stein finished well below his 13.6 ppg average, but he secured 11 rebounds and dished out four helpers in a 114-95 loss at home. Thursday marked the first time he's been held under double-digits in the scoring column since Jan. 1. Even though he didn't light up the scoreboard, he still managed to salvage his night by contributing across the board.
News: Bogdanovic tallied 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt), a rebound, two assists and a steal across 27 minutes Thursday against Charlotte.
Impact: Bogdanovic turned in yet another strong final line, finishing with 17 or more points for the third straight game. The 26-year-old guard is putting up 14.0 points along with 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists over his previous five contests, and he's shot a stellar 51.7 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from deep over that brief stretch. He'll take the court next against the Pistons on Saturday.
News: Hield racked up 24 points (9-18 FG, 6-11 3Pt) and collected a rebound along with an assist and two steals over 32 minutes Thursday against Charlotte.
Impact: Hield has remained one of the Kings' top scorers throughout the 2018-19 campaign, and he's off to another impressive start in January, averaging 21.9 points along with 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists through nine contests. Despite his strong effort Thursday evening, Sacramento would fall 114-95 at home. The Oklahoma product hasn't been held under 10 points since Dec. 27 against the Lakers.
News: Bjelica compiled four points (2-7 FG, 0-4 3Pt), six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 21 minutes during Monday's 115-107 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Bjelica has scored four points or less in four of the last five games, with the exception being a seven-point effort across 25 minutes. On the bright side, Bjelica continues to provide solid rebounding and assist numbers, grabbing at least five boards in 12 of the last 14 games while dishing at least a pair of dimes in 11 straight. Bjelica helps facilitate offensive floor spacing, so his spot in the starting lineup seems safe going forward.
News: Ferrell finished with six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), three assists, and two rebounds in 16 minutes during Monday's 115-107 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Ferrell has dished at least three dimes in five of the last six games. He has also earned at least 15 minutes in all eight January matchups thus far after seeing single-digit minutes in three of the last four games of December. Nevertheless, he's only worth targeting in deeper formats.
News: Mason did not see the floor during Monday's 115-107 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Mason has appeared in just 29 of the team's 44 games thus far this season. Moreover, since recording 12 points (5-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six dimes, four boards, and one steal across 24 minutes versus the Timberwolves back on Dec. 17, Mason has been a healthy scratch during 10 of the last 14 games while earning only 19 minutes combined in the four tilts that he saw some action.
News: Bagley contributed 13 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-5 FT), 11 rebounds, and one assist in 24 minutes during Monday's 115-107 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Bagley scored in double figures for the third straight game while recording his fifth double-double through 30 appearances. The former Blue Devil did foul out, but otherwise it was a superb showing from the 19-year-old rookie.
News: Cauley-Stein tallied 12 points (6-11 FG), 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block in 32 minutes during Saturday's 104-97 victory over Charlotte.
Impact: Cauley-Stein had another impactful game Saturday, putting up a double-double for the fourth time in his last five games. His scoring has fallen slightly after a hot start to the season but the boards continue to hold up his value, along with decent assist numbers. As soon as he finds a way to consistently produce defensive stats, his overall value will certainly continue to trend in the right direction.
News: Fox totaled 21 points (6-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-9 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 104-97 victory over Charlotte.
Impact: Fox contributed in all major categories Saturday, doing so for the third straight game. The shooting has been up and down over the past two weeks but the supporting stats more than compensate. He has been one of the more surprising fantasy assets thus far and certainly has to be in the conversation for the most improved player award.
News: Bogdanovic ended with 22 points (9-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt), six rebounds, and two assists in 29 minutes during Saturday's 104-97 victory over the Hornets.
Impact: Bogdanovic led the Kings with 22 points Saturday, after scoring a total of just 13 points across his last two games. He also connected on four triples, matching his season-high in that category. Despite his solid production thus far this season, he remains in the second unit behind Iman Shumpert. The coaching staff likely enjoy his ability to provide offense off the bench. There is a chance he eventually takes the starting spot but nonetheless, he should be rostered in all formats.
News: Bagley finished with 11 points (5-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-3 FT), nine rebounds, one steal, and one block in 25 minutes during Saturday's 104-97 victory over the Hornets.
Impact: Bagley fell just one rebound short of a double-double Saturday, more importantly, playing 25 minutes. He finished the game over Nemanja Bjelica in what could be a sign of things to come. His numbers have been fine since returning from a knee injury and the minutes should start to trend back up in the coming weeks.
News: Shumpert tallied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt), two rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Thursday's 112-102 victory over Detroit.
Impact: Shumpert returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a finger injury. He played just 22 minutes which could have been by design or as a result of the blowout nature of the game. Shumpert had been playing well prior to his injury but is yet to crack it for any consistent 12-team value.
News: Cauley-Stein compiled 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in 25 minutes during Thursday's 112-102 victory over the Pistons.
Impact: Cauley-Stein fared well against Andre Drummond, finishing with his fourth double-double from his last five games. He played just 25 minutes in the win as the game transitioned into garbage time late. Cauley-Stein has had a productive campaign thus far, however, an increase in blocks would certainly be a welcome sight for his owners.
News: Bagley totaled 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 20 minutes during Thursday's 112-102 victory over Detroit.
Impact: Bagley was back in the rotation after resting Thursday, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes. He continues to work his way back from a knee injury and has looked good thus far. The Kings are going to take it slowly but he should be able to work his way back to 30 minutes a night in the near future. If he is available on the waivers, he is worth adding in standard formats.
News: Giles finished with 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals in 23 minutes during Thursday's 112-102 victory over the Pistons.
Impact: Giles had his best outing as a professional Thursday, filling the boxscore in a blowout victory over the Pistons. Giles has been trending up over the past two weeks and has clearly moved ahead of Kosta Koufos in the rotation. The minutes are still not there to warrant a roster spot in 12-team leagues but owners in deeper formats should consider adding him.
News: Shumpert (finger) has been cleared to play and will start Thursday against Detroit, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
Impact: Shumpert spent three contests on the sideline while on the mend from a finger injury, but he's been given the green light and will re-join the first unit. Prior to the injury, he was averaging 9.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals over his previous seven matchups.
News: Shumpert (finger) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Pistons, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: It sounds like Shumpert is trending towards a return after missing the previous three games due to a sprained right index finger, though the Kings will wait until closer to tipoff before confirming his availability. If Shumpert does play, it would likely send Bogdan Bogdanovic back to a bench role.
News: Bagley is not on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Pistons.
Impact: As expected, Bagley will return to action Thursday after resting for Tuesday's game against the Suns on the second night of a back-to-back. Bagley played 20 minutes off the bench in Monday's win over the Magic, finishing with eight points and six boards.
News: The Kings have engaged with the Knicks on trade talks surrounding Randolph and New York center Enes Kanter, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Impact: Wojnarowski notes that no trade is imminent, but both sides are eager to shed the expiring contracts attached to the big men. While Kanter has been a key scorer and rebounder for New York's second unit this season, Randolph has been a healthy inactive throughout the 2018-19 campaign. As a 37-year-old on a team ripe with plenty of younger frontcourt prospects, Randolph doesn't project to have a role with Sacramento at any point moving forward and likely wouldn't see meaningful run with the Knicks or any other team either.
News: Cauley-Stein supplied 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-8 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 115-111 loss to the Suns.
Impact: Cauley-Stein clanked two key free throws in crunch time, but he nevertheless delivered a quality stat line for fantasy purposes. Cauley-Stein matched his season high in blocks, reached double figures in scoring for the fourth straight showing, and dished at least three dimes for the 21st time across 41 appearances here in 2018-19. Furthermore, he's managing career-high averages in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and minutes.