[Grades] Grades v. Rockets 12/14/2016

Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by Bricklayer, Dec 14, 2016.


Pretty girl of the blowout?

Poll closed Dec 16, 2016.
  1. Katerina Mikailenko

    9 vote(s)
  2. Kendall Jenner

    4 vote(s)
  3. Maggie Duran

    7 vote(s)
  4. Hailey Clauson

    1 vote(s)
  1. Bricklayer

    Bricklayer Don't Make Me Use The Bat Staff Member Contributor

    This was a scrimmage, no more. Best to just be ignored except for the kids making a late appearance.

    I pondered doing a full pretty girls here, but under the new format there will only be room for 4 of them. Good enough for a random night. hope Boogie comes out firing on Friday.

    The grades in brief:


    Link to Boxscore


    Featured Grade
    Casspi ( C ) -- Well, that was fun. This is a hard one to grade because taken individually, it appears that several of the Kings played well, but when you look at the beating we took, it's hard to give a good grade to anyone. Omri wasn't great, and he wasn't terrible, but that summed up the entire starting crew, and the result was a disaster. Omri got off to a good start by scoring on a give and go, but then missed two point blank lay ups in a row. He followed that by having the ball stolen. He did manage to hit a couple of three's to close out his contribution in the first half. Except for one more basket in the third quarter that was about it. My biggest problem with Omri was his lack of defense. He completely lost Ariza time and again in the first half. Of course he wasn't alone. This was a team effort. Tomorrow is another day, hopefully! --Baja

    Tolliver ( C+ ) -- just cannot shoot anymore, and that was kind of his one skill. Missed and missed threes, but did provide kind of that hoary old man at the park saavy, made several nice defensive plays, and hung around the glass. Got a lot of minutes just for being steady old guy.
    Katerina Mikailenko

    Koufos ( C- ) -- calling him a fish out of water here would be insulting to suffocating fish. Wasn't built for his game, but even so could have done a lot better. Let Capella just run behind him for dunk after dunk on barely contested pick and rolls, and blew a ton of his little punchless flips.
    Kendall Jenner

    Temple ( A- ) -- can you give an A in a game like this? Sure you can! Although only an A-. In any case, Garret of all our guys came to play out there. And he continues to really shoot the three at career best rates (5-9 tonight). If he can do that he can truly be a starter. Main hustle guy, and didn't give up.
    Maggie Duran

    Collison ( D ) -- gets a D because he notched some assists, but continued his listless play this season, and just could not hit a shot. Not that he was working very hard to get good ones. Worked over for twerpiness on defense. No passion here.
    Hailey Clauson



    Cauley-Stein ( C ) -- made this grade a little harder by playing better after the the game was completely out of reach. basically the first stint looked like too many of his stints, but once out there with the kids/garbagetime crew, felt like he had license to try to play offense and finally asserted himself a bit on D.

    Lawson ( C+ ) -- spunkier than Collison, and his draw and kick game actually fit right in with this game since that is the basic Houston strategy. Could have maybe gotten the kids more shots in the garbagetime rather than force up his own erratic stuff.

    Barnes ( C+ ) -- showed up and hit his threes. Really seemed to have no particular impact, but he hit his threes, stepped in a passing lane for a steal, and didn't seem overly upset that we were just playing the chew toy. Everybody knew that this was basically a forfeit.

    Afflalo ( D ) -- still showed no signs of wanting to be out there, except for one quick burst when he suddenly decided to take Ariza off the dribble and blew by him to the rim. Then went back to sleep.

    Richardson ( B ) -- very solid feeling garbagetime run. Jus continues to show a good feel for the game. Professional looking pullups, knew when to pass, when to shoot. Looks mature in game and body for his age.

    Labissiere ( INC ) -- hard to say much here. Basically he was out there for half a quarter, and made 1 play, tipping in a miss along the baseline. Was involved on defense at least.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016
  2. miltonap

    miltonap Well-Known Member

    Can we just cut Afflalo and start playing Richardson?
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  3. Jimbob

    Jimbob Well-Known Member

    Considering her father is not an attractive woman, Kendall Jenner is certainly easy on the eyes.

    Temple and Richardson, lone bright spots.
  4. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    where is Alicia Vikander on this list? :O

    can we please see more Malachi?
  5. Sac.1989

    Sac.1989 Well-Known Member

    Temple needs to start. Has to start. He is the answer we've been looking for in our backcourt
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  6. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    He is only a temporary answer for a long term problem...but you are right, it's time he starts with the rest of the squad.
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  7. theclash4u5

    theclash4u5 Well-Known Member

    So does the signing of Temple make up for the absolutely terrible decisions to give out way too much to AA and Tolliver? They are on 1 year deals though, right?
  8. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    I think we now see why Temple was signed to three years and the other two were not...I'll give him a pass this time for attempting to put some veterans around what was here. If he does it again, then I'll be aggravated and inclined to call for heads.
  9. sactownfan

    sactownfan Guest

    Look we actually had to spend some money... and we signed Tolliver who at least was an amazing character guy. and Affalo... who was just really a flyer to see if he could squeeze out one more good year... both are on 1 yr deals and are also extremely tradable ... gotta give Divac some credit ... i said this from the start... in a FA when teams were going CRAZY with spending .... we at least didn't hitch ourselves to awful players... Temple was given an actual contract and he is an actual player... great eye for talent by the FO....
  10. Sac.1989

    Sac.1989 Well-Known Member

    Best we could get at the time. the thought process was right on just a shame they haven't hit their mark. Temple though is dam solid and everything we need from our SG. Doug Christie lite.
  11. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    Too bad we are missing a Bibby, Stojakovic & Divac lite
  12. kingjatt

    kingjatt Well-Known Member

    Richardson looked way better out there than our lotto picks Stauskas/Mclamore did in their first stints so hopefully its a sign of things to come. Him being tall and competent in the pick and roll could be an interesting weapon if we choose to play him and give him the green light. Though I doubt Joerger is ready to give the kids any sort of playing time seeing as how it took until the 4th quarter of a forfeited game for them to even see the court.

    Nonetheless Im encouraged by what I saw, projects for sure but you can definitely see that they have potential.
  13. theclash4u5

    theclash4u5 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it's a little discouraging that even during a 40 point blowout in the 4th quarter, Joerger didn't put in the rookies until later on. Let's face it, if B-Mac was healthy, Richardson wouldn't have entered until 4-5 minutes left like Scal did.
  14. Bricklayer

    Bricklayer Don't Make Me Use The Bat Staff Member Contributor

    He put Malachi in right on the normal schedule for almost any coach -- play it out through 3, then if its totally shot concede the 4th. malachi played the entire quarter. Trying to remember who was in there for a while instead of Skal. Barnes maybe. Shrug.
  15. KingMilz

    KingMilz Guest

    Richardson and Temple should be the SG duo, Richardson has in SL/preseason/garbage time shown more feel for the game that Ben has in his entire career of endless chances. At least if we are going to lose develop one of the rookies who looks solid/confident. Temple again showed why he should be the starting SG funnily enough I actually think Temple would be a elite fit on the current Rockets even a better fit than Beverly.

    Aaron Afflalo has gone full eMpTy mode the dude was a cancer last year in NYK and now he's doing the same here by the looks of it.
  16. pshn80

    pshn80 Well-Known Member

    Enjoyed the game. Great to see the rooks get some minutes. I think coach played it just right. It was great to see our regulars play without no. 1 and no. 2. They moved themselves and the ball well, got and took decent shots and missed too many. But they knew they were it and did well under the circumstances. Let'.s hope that some of that good team play shows up in these next games.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016
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  17. Jimbob

    Jimbob Well-Known Member

    It should be a nice guard rotation next year with Richardson, Temple Bogdan, one of our vet PG's and either Payne or a top 10 PG draft pick.
  18. Kingsfan23

    Kingsfan23 Well-Known Member

    Still to stacked at SG for my liking. One of them - Temple, Bogdan, Richardson hopefully can play 3 too
  19. theclash4u5

    theclash4u5 Well-Known Member

    Only because B-Mac was hurt.
  20. k_dubb90

    k_dubb90 Well-Known Member

    eMpTy mode man did that guy wash up fast. I remember when he and reke destroyed the warriors years ago
  21. Alon Rosen

    Alon Rosen New Member

    Some of you maybe easy to judge based of one game...

    But if we judge based of recent games, my point of view is:

    Temple must start - it's not questionable(and let's see if he will be consistent in the next several games - then we will judge)

    Casspi was very good in the recent games - but not so much against the rockets... just Temple was.
    Can he be a starter some of you asked? of course, based of his last year ability as a starter when he was more than great(generally speaking).
    Saying that... he is not a star quality... he is a very good role player, that can be great starter beside starts around him(generally speaking quality 3pt% + slashing%)

    Collison was not good last game - but generally speaking, i don't see anyone currently that can replace him as a starter.

    Kosta - well, Kosta is Kosta.

    Therefore my starting lineup for the rest bunch of games, is like the following:
    Cuz(powerhouse) / Rudy(That's what we have) / Collison(Who else?) / Temple(If can maintain his ability our second quality player) /
    Casspi or Kosta(Depends on the size of the opponent)

    That's the business
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  22. dude12

    dude12 Well-Known Member

    The alternative was jacking up the price for Courtney Lee to acquire him....and Lee can play but would you rather have Lee on that long term or Afflalo on the expiring with Richardson and Bogdanovich waiting in the wings?

    And then we could have had Waiters for that huge contract as rumored. I think it was smart with how they gave the lengths and the Afflalo signing just isn't working as hoped but Temple is maybe exceeding.
  23. kingjatt

    kingjatt Well-Known Member

    Well Bogdan and Richardson can hopefully be used at PG alot as the league is going away from the 6 foot point guard and putting more size/length at that position to combat the uptick in outside shooting.

    Eventually unless your the rare CP's or Dame Lillards of the world being under 6'3 won't get you much court time.
  24. kingjatt

    kingjatt Well-Known Member

    Afflalo is shades of John Salmons.....
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  25. ppine

    ppine Well-Known Member

    Hard to watch. The Kings really struggle against teams that rain down 3s.
  26. Kingsfan23

    Kingsfan23 Well-Known Member

    What is Collison doing out there? Is he now just a bum that doesn't need to be re signed or are there other reasons for his regression (something on his mind, still catching up from layoff)

    Used to be a scrapper, and was perceived as the third rock. Now in the year he should be playing for his career as a starter he looks like booty
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  27. Sac.1989

    Sac.1989 Well-Known Member

    You know collison and temple can do enough for us as a backcourt with Rudy and cousins options 1 and 2.

    We don't need to reinvent the wheel just reallocate our resources.
  28. kingjatt

    kingjatt Well-Known Member

    A defensive scrapper and sparkplug off the bench is his best role (maximizes his value) on a playoff team or playing next to a true creator like CP3. Problem is he is our best PG and is kind of forced to take on more responsibility of running an offense than he can handle. It doesn't help that he is usually outmatched size and talent wise as a starter on an almost a nightly occasion.
  29. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    and to start reallocating your resources, it's time to ship Gay out
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  30. pshn80

    pshn80 Well-Known Member

    You know this has been said before, and said and said ......

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