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Kings’ Marvin Bagley III likely to play vs. Cavs Friday

Marvin Bagley III

According to Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, rookie big man Marvin Bagley III is probable for the Sacramento Kings’ matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bagley has missed the last two games with back spasms.

The Kings are being smart with Bagley and are approaching his health with caution. That’s the smart move to make with the player they felt was worth the second overall pick in the draft.

Bagley has had a nice start to the season thus far. He’s averaging 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Furthermore, Bagley is leading the team with 1.2 blocks in about 24 minutes per game. That’s high-level defensive production for a 19-year-old. Of course, there’s still much for Bagley to figure out on defense, but he’s showing potential early.

Bagley may be flying under the radar a bit this season because of some of the other rookies tearing up the NBA. Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Deandre Ayton, among others, are all having excellent rookie seasons, overshadowing some of the other rookies.

But the Kings and Bagley should be happy with where they’re at right now. Bagley is showing growth and the Kings are surprisingly above .500 and in the playoff hunt. Young players like Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox, and Willie Cauley-Stein are leading the charge, but the team is incredibly well-balanced.

No one expected the Kings to be competitive¬†in the West this season, but Marvin Bagley III and the rest of the young talent on the Kings are outplaying nearly everyone’s expectations.