• Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you the seventh installment of a brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.

    First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.

    Join the conversation: Want to make your own projections and predictions? Feel free to leave them in the comments below or tweet them to us @HoopBallKings on Twitter, or Hoop Ball Kings on Facebook.

    Garrett Temple signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Kings prior to last season and rewarded Sacramento by posting career-high numbers in points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocks, minutes and free throw percentage. In 65 games with the Kings last season, Temple compiled averages of 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 26.6 minutes per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field (37.3 percent from three).

    Whenever he was on the floor for Sacramento, he was one of the best players out there. His defense was superb, and he was incredibly unlucky to miss out on All-Defensive team honors. The Kings haven’t had a defender of his capacity in a long time and it’s a big reason why he played a solid dosage of minutes last season. He’s now 31 years old but he’s still got lots of good basketball left in him.

    With Sacramento’s depth at guard, will Garrett Temple get lost in the rotation? Or will he prevail again and led the way for the Kings at the two-guard spot?

    Jake Fitzgibbon

    Stat-line Prediction: 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks. 43.2% FG, 39% 3PT, 76% FT.

    Don’t be surprised if Temple is the starting shooting guard to open the season. Joerger loves guys like Temple and if last season was any indication, we should see Temple get lots of minutes; especially in late-game situations. I project a slight uptick in production despite the depth at shooting guard. We could see Temple spend some time at small forward too but it would depend on matchups as bigger wing players sometimes get the best of him.

    His offensive statistics aren’t too much of a concern for me. He’s an asset because of his defense and that’s practically what he’s out there for. A defensive tandem of Temple and De’Aaron Fox should be really effective so it’ll be interesting to see how often they play together; offense from a lineup like that would be the only concern. Overall, Temple will impact a lot of games for the Kings and he should hover around 25-28 minutes like he did in 2016-17.

    Nick Avila

    Stat-line Prediction: 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks. 44% FG, 36% 3PT, 76% FT.

    Temple is being overlooked as we head into the 2017-18 season. He missed some time last season due to injuries, but played a solid backup point guard role when he was in the lineup. The Kings did cash out on George Hill and draft De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III, but even with those additions, Temple should get a decent opportunity to prove he does deserve minutes.

    With his defensive capabilities and Dave Joerger being a defensive-minded coach, he shouldn’t have a problem getting time on the court. Temple brings a veteran presence to the lineup and as Fox eases into the NBA’s pace, Temple could help fill the immediate void at backup behind Hill.

    Jon Schifferle

    Stat-line Prediction: 7.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.3 blocks. 42% FG, 37% 3PT, 75% FT.

    Temple may not find his way into the starting lineup much this season, but he is still likely looking at 25-30 minutes per game early on. The Kings will have quite a few options at both guard spots next season, but Temple’s versatility and defense should make him an easy player to find minutes for.

    While many of the veterans should expect decent spikes in production, Temple won’t see too big of an uptick in any major statistical categories this season. Temple isn’t a player that looks to create his own shot, and the team probably isn’t looking to make him a larger part of the offense.

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Fantasy News

  • Oshae Brissett
    SG-SF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have signed Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Brissett, a Toronto native, went undrafted after two seasons at Syracuse and played with the Clippers at Summer League, where he averaged 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 17.6 minutes a night across five games. This puts Toronto's roster at 20 for the time being, so barring any further transactions the Raptors have their camp group set.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Jordan McLaughlin
    G, Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have inked point guard Jordan McLaughlin to a two-way contract.

    McLaughlin went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year USC career where he averaged 12.8 points, 7.8 assists and 2.0 steals in his senior season. After his strong play for the G-League's Long Island Nets last season, he earned a spot on this years Wolves summer league roster where he continued to impress, leading his team to a 6-1 record. He is unlikely to get many NBA minutes this season with Jeff Teague, Shabazz Napier and Tyrone Wallace on the roster.

    Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay
    PG, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have officially announced the signing of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jeff Green and Ed Davis.

    All three project to come off the bench this season with Green and Davis part of the frontcourt second string while it is unclear if Mudiay or Dante Exum will assume the backup point guard duties. Davis is coming off a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game in only 17.9 minutes last season while Mudiay enjoyed his best year as a pro with the Knicks but all three players can be left undrafted in standard leagues for the time being.

    Source: NBA.com

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum has withdrawn his name from the Team USA training camp and 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Following the trend, McCollumn is the fourth player to withdraw his name this week in order to focus on the upcoming season. The original 20 invites are now down to 16 with the final 12-man roster expected to be announced on August 17.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Frank Mason
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have agreed on a two-way contract with Frank Mason III.

    Mason did not get much opportunity with the Kings last year and sat out all of Summer League with a sore hip. He projects to spend most of his time in the G-League and called up only if Eric Bledsoe or George Hill need to miss time. The Bucks recently signed Cameron Reynolds to a two-way deal and still have Bonzie Colson on one from last season so they are one over the limit. They still have an empty roster even after signing Kyle Korver so maybe one of their two-ways gets a standard deal instead. Otherwise, one of them will need to be waived.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    This is not the worst landing spot for Korver but he will strictly be a backup and entering his 17th season, he should not be relevant in standard leagues. He was able to knock down 2.1 triples per game in only 20.1 minutes last season so he may have value as a specialist in super-deep leagues however.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Chris Paul
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Chris Paul has reportedly settled on the idea of starting the season for the Thunder.

    Although Oklahoma City and Miami did not have formal discussions regarding a Chris Paul trade according to Brian Windhorst, the Thunder were willing to discuss giving back the Heat some picks but the Heat would have also wanted Paul to decline his $44 million player option in 2021-2022, which is not going to happen. The Heat want to remain flexible in the next big free agent class of 2021 and adding Paul on his current deal would take that away. Paul's usage rate will likely increase on the Thunder but keep in mind that he has missed at least 21 games in each of the three seasons before drafting him as the 9-time All-Star enters his 15th season in the league.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon withdraws from Team USA training camp for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

    Gordon is the third player to withdraw this week after James Harden and Anthony Davis. The original training camp list of 20 is now down to 17 and the official 12-team roster will be announced on August 17.

    Source: Shams Charanis on Twitter

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have officially announced the signings of Luke Kornet and Shaquille Harrison.

    Kornet can provide threes and blocks as a backup big for the Bulls. He is currently behind Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young and Wendell Carter Jr. but may be able to carve out some minutes for deep-league owners. Harrison will be fighting for minutes with the Bulls' plethora of point guards at the moment. If he can find some minutes during the season, he can be a source of steals as a player to stream or for deep leagues.

    Source: Bulls.com

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Raptors.

    Hollis-Jefferson's deal was originally reported as a minimum contract however it is now a $2.5 million contract which comes out of the Raptors' non-taxpayer mid-level. He will likely play some minutes behind Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. He is capable of defending multiple positions and might be able to provide some deep-league value in rebounds, steals and blocks.

    Source: Jeff Siegel on Twitter