Editor’s Note: Welcome to the 2020 Kings Season Preview Series. Here we look forward to what this season will bring to all members of this Sacramento roster and ponder both the best and worst scenarios. Let’s continue with Justin James today.
How did he come here?
Kings drafted James on his 40th pick in the second round of 2019 NBA draft.. He won the spot on a roster of 15 people instead of two-way, but Sacramento didn’t really play his role during the regular season. He played only 232 NBA and 52 G League minutes, so it’s still a mystery who James is as a player.
Last month, Kings tried to trade James to Milwaukee as part of Bogdan Bogdanovich’s sign-and-trade, but the deal was unsuccessful.Kings was not punished Under investigation by NBA,However Bucks was actually fined on the second pick for tampering.. As a result, James is back in Sacramento for the second season.
What is his best scenario for 2020-21?
During the pre-season, Kings used James almost exclusively as a catch-and-shoot threat from the 3-point range. Most shots were stopped, but he also went off some screens. In 6’7, James reserves space for anyone to hit a shot, so the best version of James is an unconscious shooter that transforms 40% of the three assisted players. Given that 55 of the 85 shots were after hitting the ball within 2 seconds and 40 shots were taken after zero dribbling, this is his role for last season.
If James can be safe in the defensive end like 2019-20, it’s just gravy. His 6’11 wingspan suggests that his high block rate last year doesn’t have to be a fluke and there are physical tools available to turn him into a good defender, Kings’ main goal is to get James to shoot. Lots. Other than Buddy Hield, Sacramento has no light-out shooters to protect from a distance. Turning James into a sniper will create more opportunities for him and the other kings on the attacking side.
What is his worst scenario?
No shots are included. During the rookie season with Kings, James converted 9 out of 29 3s. Even in college, he shot only 33.7 percent from the 3-point range. During the preseason, he was 2 to 8 across the arc. There is no exactly strong statistical evidence that James will be an above average shooter, even though his shape looks pretty good with each shot. The form must be the reason why the king treats him this way, as the result is not a valid reason.
Unfortunately, when James tries to put the ball on the floor, the result is even worse. He tried a couple of straight drives from the baseline during the preseason, but both times were very annoying and ineffective. He was hanging on the edge in a dunk shoot attempt. This gives the defense multiple ways to protect James. Knowing that his blow-by does not test internal defenses, they can hang tightly, or they can force him to shoot and live with a 31 percent success rate.
James’ second season in Sacramento hasn’t made a great start. Kings telegraphed at Donte Divincento that he was willing to part with him to get the prospect of another shooting guard, and James couldn’t do much to change his opinion I had a rough pre-season.John Holinger Athletic Even theorized Kings can cut James instead of Frank Kaminsky or Chimeji Metsu In his season preview.
It seems unlikely that James is in the current rotation and there are so many kings in front of him on the depth chart. Hopefully he’s working on that jumper, so it’s effective as well as looking.
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Justin James needs to shoot well to get a spot in the Sacramento Kings rotation
https://www.sactownroyalty.com/2020/12/21/22194429/2020-21-sacramento-kings-season-preview-justin-james-failed-trade-shooting Justin James needs to shoot well to get a spot in the Sacramento Kings rotation