Near the end of last season, Beno Udrih seemed to figure out how to make it work in Paul Westphal’s Sacramento.
Granted, Kevin Martin and Sergio Rodriguez were gone, and Tyreke Evans missed some of those games with an injury. Still, the comfort level was unmistakable.
This season, Westphal told the Sacramento Bee he is expecting even more.
“He made a good case for being a starter (this season), and looking at the makeup of our roster now, that’s how I view him,” Kings coach Paul Westphal said…
“Everyone’s always on trial in the NBA,” Westphal said. “Instead of pouting about it, he accepted the challenge and carved out a nice niche for himself.”
Evans is the guy who will have the ball in his hands, the guy who will be the playmaker. Udrih last season took 57 percent of his shots from beyond 16 feet and was doing so more in catch-and-shoot situations, and that led to his most efficient scoring season ever. If he can build on that, there is a role for him on the up-and-coming Kings.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.