Our friends at the TrueHoop Sacramento Kings blog, Cowbell Kingdom, have had a rough time as of late. Earlier this year rumors began to mount regarding the Kings moving from Sacramento to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Though over a quarter of the 2012-13 season it’s clear the team is yet again destined for the lottery. And to top it all off, promising rookie and No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Thomas Robinson, is struggling to see court time in a year where the franchise has absolutely nothing to lose. If there was ever a bright side to this story it’s that Kings coach Keith Smart recently reveled that he’s had Robinson watch film of Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried to shine light on how to be a successful undersized power forward in the NBA. Today, Cowbell Kingdom published a great article on this subject with first-hand quotes and a video interview of Faried.
While I am certainly no authority on the subject of how to ration player minutes at the NBA level I can say this: Nobody gets better without time. While Robinson may be struggling, so are the Kings. Like most rookies, the only way he’s going to improve is the hard way. He’ll make many mistakes and likely won’t better the Kings’ chances of winning right away but at some point you have to see what (and who) this kid is. Last season it took George Karl close to two months before Faried started logging steady minutes. As we all know, Faried went on to finish third in Rookie of the Year voting and landed a spot on the 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team.