May 7, 2019, 6:16 pmBogdan Bogdanovic - G - Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic embraced the sixth-man role he played off the Kings bench saying, "I love it. I think I can create a lot of open shots for others and for (myself).”
Bogdanovic may not have improved his seasonal fantasy output much from his rookie year, but he did average more points, rebounds and assists while having fewer turnovers in identical minutes. For comparison's sake, Bogdanovic's 3.8 assists per game ranked in the 94th percentile among wings. Bogdanovic should find himself in a similiar role next season.
April 11, 2019, 1:27 pmMarvin Bagley III - F - Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley finished his rookie season with averages of 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers on .504 from the field and .691 from the line in just over 25 minutes a night.
Bagley's season saw him bring a little more to the table defensively than initially expected, which was nice to see, but he'll still need to round out his game a bit more before he's reliant on workload to get the job done. The rookie did go top-100 for about a month around the season's end, and that's a nice range for him in the near future. He's a pretty polished scorer and can get to his spots fairly routinely, so it's just be about expanding his game and adding more tricks to the bag even though the current stuff generally works out. One concern is the fact that Bagley missed five games with a left knee sprain and 11 more with a left knee bone bruise, but considering his strong finish to the year we're not overly worried.
April 11, 2019, 1:19 pmWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein drew tons of ire for his defensive effort (or lack thereof) this season, and he produced a late-round campaign for fantasy purposes.
Cauley-Stein actually holds the same top-125 standing in 8-cat that he did last season, but cutting his turnovers from 1.5 to just 1.0 bumped him up about 25 spots over last year's finish in 9-cat to the top-105. He was able to boost up his rebounds (8.4) and steals (1.2) to career-high levels while also dragging his field goal percentage up from .503 to .556, but the 0.6 blocks per game remain a major sticking point. His per-minute block rate is simply unacceptable for a player whose college reputation was rim protection and defense, and he may be on his way out of Sacramento with Marvin Bagley ready to go. WCS was a top-80/70 player in total value thanks to 81 games, but fantasy owners were expecting just a little bit more night-to-night.
April 11, 2019, 1:13 pmBogdan Bogdanovic - G - Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic didn't take a step forward in his sophomore season, posting top-120 per-game value.
Bogdanovic played about the same amount as he did in his rookie year, though the emergence of De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield sort of shifted him to the background. BB8 was able to post a new career-high in scoring with 14.8 points per game, but he also sacrificed efficiency in a big way as he fell from .446 to .418 from the field. Minor increases in rebounds, assists, steals and threes were able to improve his numbers from last season by about 5-10 spots, but it wan't the progression we were expecting.
April 11, 2019, 1:09 pmNemanja Bjelica - F - Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica made starts, fell out of the rotation and experienced everything in between this season and was able to post top-140/115 per-game value.
Bjelica put up career-highs in terms of games (77) and starts (70), as well as minutes (23.2), points (9.6), rebounds (5.8), assists (1.9), blocks (0.7), 3-pointers (1.3) and field goal percentage (.479). His 0.7 steals per game tied his previous best, too. There were stretches where his defense was unforgivable but the Kings needed a little help in the spacing department and Bjelica gave it to them. His hot and cold streaks meant that he wasn't on rosters from wire to wire, but he did finish as a top-100/90 player in total value. We'll see what happens next year as Sacramento changes their coach yet again, not to mention the continued improvement of the team's younger frontcourt players.
April 11, 2019, 1:01 pmHarry Giles III - F/C - Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks in 14.1 mpg in his first NBA season.
After missing all of last year, Giles generated a bit of hype and although he wasn't really an impact player, there were some flashes of what his ceiling might be like. He's a quality passer and the per-minute numbers are interesting, but it's fair to wonder how long it'll take him to get to the 25-28 mpg range that it'll take to change interesting into productive. Giles was a top-300/350 player when he was on the court, though his season was ended early because of a bruised left thigh. It doesn't look like a long-term concern.
April 11, 2019, 12:57 pmKosta Koufos - C - Sacramento Kings
Kosta Koufos wasn't much to write home about in 2018-19, appearing in 42 contests and averaging 12 minutes a night.
Koufos averaged 19.6 minutes in 71 games the year prior, so he was really put on the back burner as Sacramento added Marvin Bagley, Nemanja Bjelica and Harry Giles to the frontcourt mix. If you needed a top-385 producer, then you got what you wanted.
April 11, 2019, 12:55 pmAlec Burks - G - Sacramento Kings
Alec Burks saw a sharp drop in production after being traded to the Kings.
Burks was averaging 11.6 points and career-highs with 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 triples in 28.8 mpg as a member of the Cavs but only played 9.8 mpg in his 13 games with Sacramento. There was fleeting standard-league appeal early in the year but Burks' top-250 value is misleading — it all came in the first half, likely when you weren't desperate enough to add Alec Burks.
April 11, 2019, 11:50 amFrank Mason - G - Sacramento Kings
Frank Mason saw action in 38 games during the 2018-19 season, averaging 5.1 points with 0.4 treys, 1.2 boards and 2.2 assists in 11.5 mpg.
Mason never had the chance to make a significant impact with the Kings this year and it's evident in the minutes that he played. What's a bit concerning is that he only shot 42.0 percent from the field and only made 68.4 percent of his free throws. Those are numbers he would need to improve on in order to get more playing time heading into his third season in the league.
April 11, 2019, 11:40 amYogi Ferrell - G - Sacramento Kings
Yogi Ferrell played in 71 games during the 2018-19 season, averaging 15.0 mpg with 5.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 treys, and 0.5 steals contest.
Ferrell couldn't crack the top-300 and that came with the limited playing time with the Kings this year.
April 11, 2019, 11:36 amHarrison Barnes - F - Sacramento Kings
Harrison Barnes played in 77 games and averaged 32.9 mpg, 16.4 points, 2.3 threes, 4.7 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks per game in the 2018-19 season.
Barnes was the 90th ranked player last year but the emergence of Luka Doncic and the midseason trade to the Kings may have been one of the reasons why his stats regressed a bit. Nonetheless, he's still a reliable source for points, threes and some rebounds but we think that he may have reached his ceiling as a player.