Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III has resumed basketball activities
The Sacramento Kings have been one of the best feel-good stories in the NBA this season.
After being widely chosen as one of the worst teams in the NBA heading into the 2018-19 season, the Kings surprised the league with a fast-paced, spaced-out system provided by the blistering speed of sophomore point guard De’Aaron Fox as well as the long-range bombing of Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield and Nemanja Bjelica.
Another reason why many pundits and NBA experts didn’t expect much from the Kings was due to the fact that they passed up on the opportunity to draft Slovenian wunderkind Luka Doncic with the 2nd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Instead, the team opted for Marvin Bagley III, who has expressed interest in playing for the Kings organization – something that very few prospects over the last 10 seasons have shown interest in.
Sadly, Bagley suffered from a left knee sprain in late February that has kept him out of the team’s game in that time frame, which has seemingly led to a recent swoon in which the team has gone 4-6 over its last 10 games.
However, the team might get Bagley back soon, according to recent reporting from Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee on Twitter:
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) March 9, 2019
Bagley is averaging 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block per game in his rookie season, with a 56.6 true shooting percentage and 18.1 Player Efficiency Rating per Basketball Reference.
Though the Kings currently sit 4 games back of the 8th-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Playoff race, perhaps the return of Bagley could signal an end to the Kings’ 12-year playoff drought.
Hey, crazier things have happened.