Mar 25, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) dunks the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings won 116-94. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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The Sacramento Kings have added a few new faces to their roster this season, but where does each player rank within their position?
Today’s article is part of a five-part series where I rank each player on the Sacramento Kings and see where they stand in the depth chart. This article is Part 4, where the position is the power forward spot. Right now, the Sacramento Kings have Anthony Tolliver, Skal Labisierre, and Willie Cauley-Stein at that position.
With that being said, enjoy this slideshow to see where I ranked these three players, starting from worse to best.
Mar 26, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver (43) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Hawks win 112-95. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Tolliver has been a veteran journeyman in his NBA career so far. Tolliver also has gained a reputation of being a big man that can hit the perimeter jumper regularly, a huge need for the Sacramento Kings.
Because Tolliver seems to fit the stretch-four role that the Kings have been longing for, he should be granted some regular playing time to start the season.
I expect Tolliver to be a bench player that is part of the regular player rotation for the Kings this season. The Kings signed him initially to be their stretch-four, and I’m certain he will have many chances to succeed the Kings’ expectations for him.
Feb 8, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) shoots in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Cauley-Stein showed promise in his rookie campaign last season and I expect the Kings to give him the opportunities to continue that same pattern of improvement.
Last season, Cauley-Stein showed that he can be that defensive-oriented player that can pair up with DeMarcus Cousins. He also showed that he has the potential to be impactful on the offensive side of the ball as well.
I expect Cauley-Stein to start for the Kings at power forward on opening night. His potential and progress so far in the NBA earn him that opportunity.